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Renaissance and Reformations : An Introduction to Early Modern English Literature - Michael Hattaway

Renaissance and Reformations

An Introduction to Early Modern English Literature


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Designed for both students and general readers, this introduction to Renaissance and Reformation literature offers a description of early modern habits of writing and reading, of publication and stage performance. It considers the ways in which early modern writers constructed the past and designed the present, wrote about people and places, recovered and adapted classical genres, and tackled religious and secular controversies. All these topics are illustrated with a profusion of excerpts from early modern texts, including works by More, Erasmus, Wyatt, Spenser, Philip and Mary Sidney, Marlowe, Kyd, Shakespeare, Campion, Daniel, Donne, Southwell, Dekker, Taylor 'the Water-Poet', Aemelia Lanyer, Jonson, Chapman, Middleton, Mary Wroth, Ralegh, Greville, Wotton, Herbert, Vaughan, and Milton. Throughout, readers are reminded that the consequences of the English reformations were as important as the better known Renaissance influences.

"A wonderful, bracing guide to Early Modern literature and culture.I admire Hattaway's deftness and skill at marking out theboundaries and illuminating what would otherwise lurk in thedarkness." Stephen Greenblatt

"A cliche-free zone, a most refreshing read for students aswell as teachers." Sederi

"Renaissance and Reformations is an extraordinary achievement: Michael Hattaway's compact study of Early Modern literature beliesan astonishing command of the conditions of thought and writingthat produced it and does so with an unusual citation of all formsand genres, major and minor and newly-discovered texts. As aresult, he is able to take us into the imaginative processes of thetime to show us the sheer pleasures these works held as no otherstudy has done." Arthur F. Kinney, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"Sharp insights and fresh examples fill Michael Hattaway'swelcome book. He enlightens new readers and those who thought theyknew 'that foreign country, early modern England' - its high, low, middling culture, its performances and rulers and ruled. All becomeunderstandable and beguilingly strange in Hattaway's volume. Headmirably 'asks "how" questions not "what" questions' and invitesreaders to think through ideas, texts, techniques, images, historical moments so they all become the reader's own."A. R. Braunmuller, University of California, LosAngeles

"Put this on your reading-lists."
Roger Pooley, Keele University

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Introduction: New Worlds of Words.

1. Writing.

2. Reading, Publication, Performance.

3. Forms Ancient and Modern.

4. Defining the Past.

5. Designing the Present.

6. Fictive Persons and Places.

7. Godliness.




ISBN: 9781405100458
ISBN-10: 1405100451
Series: Blackwell Introductions to Literature
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 253
Published: 1st December 2005
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 18.9  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1