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English renaissance (1500-1640)

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  • Shakespeare's Humanismby Robin Headlam Wells

    Cambridge University Press 2005; US$ 37.00

    This book argues that the idea of a universal human nature was as important to Shakespeare as it was to every other Renaissance writer. more...

  • As You Like Itby William Shakespeare; Cynthia Marshall

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 35.00

    This edition provides a detailed history of the play in production, both on stage and on screen. more...

  • Sweet Swan of Avonby Robin Williams

    Pearson Education 2006; US$ 21.99

    It is long overdue that someone took a closer look at the brilliant Mary Sidney. I have a suspicion that Mary Sidney’s life, and especially her dedication to the English language after her brother’s death, may throw important light on the mysterious authorship of the Shakespeare plays and poems. — Mark Rylance Actor; Artistic Director of... more...

  • Defining Literary Criticismby Carol Atherton

    Palgrave Macmillan 2005; US$ 110.00

    Outlining the controversies that have surrounded the academic discipline of English Literature since its institutionalization in the late nineteenth century, this important book draws on a range of archival sources. It addresses issues that are central to the identity of academic English - how the subject came into existence, and what makes it a specialist... more...

  • Political Theologies in Shakespeare's Englandby Professor Debora Shuger

    Palgrave Macmillan 2001; US$ 45.00

    Shuger's study of Measure to Measure offers a sweeping reinterpretation of English political thought in the aftermath of the Reformation, one that focuses not on the tension between Crown and Parliament but on the relation of the sacred to the state. more...

  • Sacred Biographyby Thomas J. Heffernan

    Oxford University Press 1992; US$ 38.00

    Modern historiography dismisses the medieval lives of saints about whom little was really known as "pious fiction". This study demonstrates that to characterize the genre as fiction is to misunderstand the intentions of medieval authors, who were neither credulous nor blinded by piety. more...

  • Shakespeare in the Moviesby Douglas Brode

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 54.99

    This work proceeds chronologically, in the order that plays were written, allowing the reader to trace the development of Shakespeare as an author and to see how the changing cultural climate of the Elizabethans flowered into film centuries later. more...

  • Shakespeare Dancingby NA NA

    Macmillan Education UK 2017; US$ 47.24

    The Dancing of the title was in Shakespeare's mind as he wrote: a physical and active imagination. This book explores the operation of the playwright's creative mind in his most frequently performed texts and encourages readers to seek out the performance possibilities of the works for themselves. Moving beyond the study of what has happened on... more...

  • An Introduction to Shakespeare's Poemsby Peter Hyland

    Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. 2002; US$ 125.00

    This title provides a lively and informed examination of Shakespeare's non-dramatic poetry: the narrative poems ''Venus and Adonis'' and ''The Rape of Lucrece''; the ''Sonnets''; and various minor poems, including some only recently attributed to Shakespeare. more...

  • Tradition and Beliefby Clare A. Lees

    University of Minnesota Press 1999; US$ 72.00

    In this major study of Anglo-Saxon religious texts—sermons, homilies, and saints’ lives written in Old English—Clare A. Lees reveals how the invention of preaching transformed the early medieval church, and thus the culture of medieval England. By placing Anglo-Saxon prose within a social matrix, her work offers a new way of seeing medieval literature... more...