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 (ISBN-13: 9780511059810 | ISBN-10: 0511059817)

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.

• The fullest account of the English literary renaissance now available in paperback • Includes a chronology, full bibliography and extensive index • Contributions from distinguished and international experts


Introduction David Loewenstein and Janel Mueller; Part I. Modes and Means of Literary Production, Circulation, and Reception: 1. Literacy, society, and education Kenneth Charlton and Margaret Spufford; 2. Manuscript transmission and circulation Harold Love and Arthur F. Marotti; 3. Print, literary culture, and the book trade David Scott Kastan; 4. Literary patronage Graham Parry; 5. Languages of early modern literature in Britain Paula Blank; 6. Habits of reading and the creation of early modern literary culture Steven N. Zwicker; Part II. The Tudor Era from the Reformation to Elizabeth I: 7. Literature and national identity David Loades; 8. Literature and the court William A. Sessions; 9. Literature and the church Janel Mueller; Part III. The Era of Elizabeth and James VI: 10. Eliza's England, whose Scotland, whose Ireland? Claire McEachern; 11. Literature and the court Catherine Bates; 12. Indoctrination, edification, and polemic: literature and the church Patrick Collinson; 13. Literature and the metropolis Lawrence Manley; 14. Literature and the theater David Bevington; Part IV. The Earlier Stuart Era: 15. An emergent Britain?: literature and national identity Johann P. Sommerville; 16. Literature and the court Leah S. Marcus; 17. Literature and the church Debora Shuger; 18. Civic continuities and revolutionary beginnings: literature and London Thomas N. Corns; 19. The emergence of a metropolitan drama: literature and the theater to 1660 Martin Butler; 20. Literature and the household Barbara K. Lewalski; Part V. The Civil War and Commonwealth Era: 21. Literature and national identity in England Derek Hirst; 22. Literature and religion David Loewenstein and John Morrill; 23. Civil war and the new literary scene: literature and London Nigel Smith; 24. Literature and the household Helen Wilcox; 25. Alternative sites for literature: rural, convivial, and intellectual domains Joshua Scodel; 26. From revolution to restoration in English literary culture James Grantham Turner; Chronological outline of historical events and texts in Britain, 1528–1674, with list of selected manuscripts; Select bibliography (primary and secondary sources); Index.


'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

'… 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.' The 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

' …a monument and record of a generation that has made large advances in knowledge and understanding of its period'. The Review of English Studies


David Loewenstein, Janel Mueller, Kenneth Charlton, Margaret Spufford, Harold Love, Arthur F. Marotti, David Scott Kastan, Graham Parry, Paula Blank, Steven N. Zwicker, David Loades, William A. Sessions, Claire McEachern, Catherine Bates, Patrick Collinson, Lawrence Manley, David Bevington, Johann P. Sommerville, Leah S. Marcus, Debora Shuger, Thomas N. Corns, Martin Butler, Barbara K. Lewalski, Derek Hirst, John Morrill, Nigel Smith, Helen Wilcox, Joshua Scodel, James Grantham Turner

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