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  • Professional Playwrightsby Ira Clark

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    The most neglected of the English Renaissance playwrights are the major Carolines -- Philip Massinger, John Ford, James Shirley, and Richard Brome. Writing in the 1620s and 1630s, always in the shadow of their great precursors, Shakespeare and Jonson, they have often been dubbed mere purveyors of slick, escapist sensationalism who avoided the great... more...

  • Caught between Worldsby Joe Snader

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 38.00

    The captivity narrative has always been a literary genre associated with America. Joe Snader argues, however, that captivity narratives emerged much earlier in Britain, coinciding with European colonial expansion, the development of anthropology, and the rise of liberal political thought. Stories of Europeans held captive in the Middle East, America,... more...

  • Broken Boundariesby Katherine M. Quinsey

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    This volume of twelve original essays is the first comprehensive study of feminist issues in Restoration drama. The late seventeenth century marks a pivotal era in the history of feminism, when Renaissance assumptions about gender and patriarchy were being directly challenged. For the first time, women appeared onstage as actresses, made their presence... more...

  • Heroes and Statesby J. Douglas Canfield

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 50.00

    To understand the cultural history of England during the Restoration, one need look no further than the theater, which was attended by the gentry as well as by members of the middle and lower classes. The theater of this period embodied the values, meanings, and power relations of Restoration England. In Heroes and States , Douglas Canfield argues... more...

  • Joyce/Lowryby Patrick A. McCarthy; Paul Tiessen

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    While James Joyce was a central figure of high modernism, Malcom Lowry spoke for the next generation of modernist writers and, despite his denials, was almost certainly influenced by Joyce. Wherever the truth lies, there are correspondences and differences to be explored between Joyce and Lowry that are far more interesting than the question of direct... more...

  • Romanticism and Women Poetsby Harriet Kramer Linkin; Stephen C. Behrendt

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 45.00

    One of the most exciting developments in Romantic studies in the past decade has been the rediscovery and repositioning of women poets as vital and influential members of the Romantic literary community. This is the first volume to focus on women poets of this era and to consider how their historical reception challenges current conceptions of Romanticism.... more...

  • Winter Fruitby Dale B.J. Randall

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 45.00

    Probably the most blighted period in the history of English drama was the time of the Civil Wars, Commonwealth, and Protectorate. With the theaters closed, the country at war, the throne in fatal decline, and the powers of Parliament and Cromwell growing greater, the received wisdom has been that drama in England largely withered and died.Not so,... more...

  • A Mirror to Natureby Rose A. Zimbardo

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    In this provocative study Rose Zimbardo examines a crucial revolution in aesthetics that took place in the late seventeenth century and that to this day dominates our response to literature. Although artists of that time continued to follow the precept "imitate nature," that nature no longer corresponds to the earlier understanding of the term. What... more...

  • Beckett's Critical Complicityby Sylvie Debevic Henning

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Samuel Beckett's work harbors an inevitable complicity with traditional modes and values. His idealist and even nihilist inclinations, for example, are closely related to the abstracting and systematizing tendencies that have predominated in Western thinking. His drama and fiction, in reproducing these tendencies, also help to reinforce and legitimate... more...

  • William Goldingby Jack I. Biles; Robert O. Evans

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    In William Golding: Some Critical Considerations , fourteen scholars assess various aspects of the Nobel Prize-winning author's writings. Their essays include criticism of individual works, discussion of major themes and technical considerations, and bibliographical studies. Separately, the essays help us understand the intricacies and impact of... more...