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The Cambridge history of early modern English literature /
edited by David Loewenstein and Janel Mueller.
imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
description
xi, 1038 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521631564
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imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
isbn
0521631564
catalogue key
4804121
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [879]-964) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-10-01:
This volume is part of "The New Cambridge History of English Literature" series, which resists a linear and author-based approach. Loewenstein and Mueller present Renaissance literature in a variety of contexts (especially political and religious) and consider such topics as the state of reading, printing, and manuscript circulation. Chapters cover the period as a whole, the early Tudor period, the reign of Elizabeth, the early Stuart period, and the Civil War and Commonwealth. The volume fairly represents the current state of literary studies, with its interest in literature as a historical force and site of conflict. The volume includes neglected work of Scottish, Irish, and female writers. That nearly every chapter is entitled "Literature and ..." indicates the limitations of this approach: literature is not treated in and of itself. One finds little on genre, meter, form, or the classical tradition; this will not be the place to turn for information on an individual writer. Thus, though not conventional history, the book provides a valuable synopsis of recent scholarship by a selection of leading scholars. Students will find short, readable, reliable accounts in this landmark volume. The whole set will be necessary for all academic and large public libraries. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All collections. J. P. Doelman Brescia University College (ON)
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"Astonishingly comprehensive and coherently unified [...]This extraordinarily useful reference work [is] at once authoritative, pioneering and inclusive..." -Renaissance Quarterly
"Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature will likely exert substantial influence on the study of the period." -MLA: Literary Research Guide
"For advanced researchers in the field...this book certainly provides an overview of the current state of literary scholarship in early modern English literature." Seiwoong Oh, Rider University, Sixteenth Century Journal
"For advanced researchers in the field...this book certainly provides an overview of the current state of literary scholarship in early modern English literature." -Seiwoong Oh, Rider University, Sixteenth Century Journal
"Addresses religious, political, and ethnic discourses and their relation to elite, confessional, and national identities in fairly straightforward terms. Ultimately, one garners a good sense of the state of play on these issues and many of the relevant principal texts from the chosen period." H-ALBION
"[T]his is a book that all serious libraries will want and need to own; it is a book of which its editors, contributors and publisher can all be proud." -Editor's Choices
"[This book] offers riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice, too many to be counted or told here. Others will find different glimmers of gold." Seventeenth Century News
'This collection covers all the old ground but also adds new insights and approaches that can only enrich our understanding of this important era in the history of English literature.' Contemporary Review
'… this book is a prodigious achievement. Meticulously edited and beautifully produced, with a multifaceted chronology as an appendix, its essays are for the most part marvels of compressed and incisive critical judgment. The expert contributors combine breadth of coverage and depth of reflection with tremendous assurance.'Times Literary Supplement
'... this book is a prodigious achievement. Meticulously edited and beautifully produced, with a multifaceted chronology as an appendix, its essays are for the most part marvels of compressed and incisive critical judgment. The expert contributors combine breadth of coverage and depth of reflection with tremendous assurance.' Times Literary Supplement
"Astonishingly comprehensive and coherently unified [...]This extraordinarily useful reference work [is] at once authoritative, pioneering and inclusive..." Renaissance Quarterly
'This book is a major accomplishment, and will alter the very landscape for which it provides such an effective map.' Studies in English Literature
"This book is a major accomplishment, and will alter the very landscape for which it provides such an effective map." -Studies in English Literature
"The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature offers riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice..." Seventeenth Century News
"The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature offers riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice, too many to be counted or told here. Others will find different glimmers of gold." -Seventeenth Century News
'This bold and ground-breaking book offers a remarkable range of new ways of understanding early modern literature in its historical contexts.' David Norbrook, University of Oxford
"The book provides a valuable synopsis of recent scholarship by a selection of leading scholars. Students will find short, readable, reliable accounts in this landmark volume. The whole set will be necessary for all academic and large public libraries. Essential." Choice
' ...a monument and record of a generation that has made large advances in knowledge and understanding of its period'. The Review of English Studies
' …a monument and record of a generation that has made large advances in knowledge and understanding of its period'.The Review of English Studies
'Astonishingly comprehensive and coherently unified … This extraordinarily useful reference work [is] at once authoritative, pioneering and inclusive …'.Renaissance Quarterly
"The book provides a valuable synopsis of recent scholarship by a selection of leading scholars. Students will find short, readable, reliable accounts in this landmark volume. The whole set will be necessary for all academic and large public libraries. Essential." -Choice
"Addresses religious, political, and ethnic discourses and their relation to elite, confessional, and national identities in fairly straightforward terms. Ultimately, one garners a good sense of the state of play on these issues and many of the relevant principal texts from the chosen period." -H-ALBION
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Summaries
Main Description
Now available in paperback, this is the first full-scale history of early modern English literature in nearly a century. It offers new perspectives on English literature produced in Britain between the Reformation and the Restoration. While providing the general coverage and specific information expected of a major history, its twenty-six chapters address recent methodological and interpretive developments in English literary studies. The book has five sections: 'Modes and Means of Literary Production, Circulation, and Reception', 'The Tudor Era from the Reformation to Elizabeth I', 'The Era of Elizabeth and James VI', 'The Earlier Stuart Era', and 'The Civil War and Commonwealth Era'. While England is the principal focus, literary production in Scotland, Ireland and Wales is treated, as are other subjects less frequently examined in previous histories, including women's writings and the literature of the English Reformation and Revolution. This innovatively-designed history is an essential resource for specialists and students.
Description for Bookstore
The Cambridge History of Early Modern English Literature narrates the history of English literature written in Britain between the Reformation and the Restoration. Although England is a principal focus, literary production in Scotland and Ireland also figures in the narrative, with occasional notice of Wales and Ireland in literary representations written in English. This new twenty-six chapter history by an international team of distinguished scholars will prove essential reading for students and scholars of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, culture, and history.
Description for Bookstore
The first full-scale history of early modern English literature in nearly a century, now available in paperback. Highly acclaimed at its first publication, this corrected edition provides broad coverage as well as detailed information on the texts, contexts and reception of Renaissance literature. An essential resource for specialists and students.
Description for Bookstore
This 2003 book is a full-scale history of early modern English literature. Highly acclaimed at its first publication, this corrected edition provides broad coverage as well as detailed information on the texts, contexts and reception of Renaissance literature. An essential resource for specialists and students.
Main Description
This is a comprehensive history of English literature written in Britain between the Reformation and the Restoration. While it focuses on England, literary effort in Scotland and Ireland is also covered, with occasional references to Wales and Ireland. This literary history by an international team of scholars is essential reading for students and scholars of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature, culture, and history.
Main Description
This 2003 book is a full-scale history of early modern English literature, offering perspectives on English literature produced in Britain between the Reformation and the Restoration. While providing the general coverage and specific information expected of a major history, its twenty-six chapters address recent methodological and interpretive developments in English literary studies. The book has five sections: 'Modes and Means of Literary Production, Circulation, and Reception', 'The Tudor Era from the Reformation to Elizabeth I', 'The Era of Elizabeth and James VI', 'The Earlier Stuart Era', and 'The Civil War and Commonwealth Era'. While England is the principal focus, literary production in Scotland, Ireland and Wales is treated, as are other subjects less frequently examined in previous histories, including women's writings and the literature of the English Reformation and Revolution. This history is an essential resource for specialists and students.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This volume offers perspectives on English literature produced in Britain between the Reformation and the Restoration. While providing general coverage and specific information expected of a major history, its 26 chapters address recent methodological and interpretive developments in English literary studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Modes and Means of Literary Production, Circulation, and Reception
Literacy, society, and education
Manuscript transmission and circulation
Print, literary culture, and the book trade
Literary patronage
Languages of early modern literature in Britain
Habits of reading and the creation of early modern literary culture
The Tudor Era from the Reformation to Elizabeth I
Literature and national identity
Literature and the court
Literature and the church
The Era of Elizabeth and James VI
Eliza's England, whose Scotland, whose Ireland?
Literature and the court
Indoctrination, edification, and polemic: literature and the church
Literature and the metropolis
Literature and the theater
The Earlier Stuart Era
An emergent Britain?: literature and national identity
Literature and the court
Literature and the church
Civic continuities and revolutionary beginnings: literature and London
The emergence of a metropolitan drama: literature and the theater to 1660
Literature and the household
The Civil War and Commonwealth Era
Literature and national identity in England
Literature and religion
Civil war and the new literary scene: literature and London
Literature and the household
Alternative sites for literature: rural, convivial, and intellectual domains
From revolution to restoration in English literary culture
Chronological outline of historical events and texts in Britain, 1528âÇô1674, with list of selected manuscripts
Select bibliography (primary and secondary sources)
Index
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