A Companion to Shakespeare's Sonnets (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

A Companion to Shakespeare's Sonnets (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

By: Michael Schoenfeldt (editor)Hardback

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This Companion represents the myriad ways of thinking about the remarkable achievement of Shakespeare's sonnets. * An authoritative reference guide and extended introduction to Shakespeare's sonnets. * Contains more than 20 newly-commissioned essays by both established and younger scholars. * Considers the form, sequence, content, literary context, editing and printing of the sonnets. * Shows how the sonnets provide a mirror in which cultures can read their own critical biases. * Informed by the latest theoretical, cultural and archival work.

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Michael Schoenfeldt is Professor of English Literature at the University of Michigan and Director of the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. He is the author of Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England: Physiology and Inwardness in Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton (1999), Prayer and Power: George Herbert and Renaissance Courtship (1991), and co-editor of Imagining Death in Spenser and Milton (2003).


Notes on Contributors. Acknowledgments. Introduction. PART I Sonnet Form and Sonnet Sequence. 1 The Value of the Sonnets (Stephen Booth). 2 Formal Pleasure in the Sonnets (Helen Vendler). 3 The Incomplete Narrative of Shakespeare's Sonnets (James Schiffer). 4 Revolution in Shake-speares Sonnets (Margreta de Grazia). PART II Shakespeare and His Predecessors. 5 The Refusal to be Judged in Petrarch and Shakespeare (Richard Strier). 6 "Dressing old words new"? Re-evaluating the "Delian Structure" (Heather Dubrow). 7 Confounded by Winter: Speeding Time in Shakespeare's Sonnets (Dympna Callaghan). PART III Editorial Theory and Biographical Inquiry: Editing the Sonnets. 8 Shake-speares Sonnets, Shakespeare.s Sonnets, and Shakespearean Biography (Richard Dutton). 9 Mr. Who He? (Stephen Orgel). 10 Editing the Sonnets (Colin Burrow). 11 William Empson and the Sonnets (Lars Engle). PART IV The Sonnets in Manuscript and Print. 12 Shakespeare's Sonnets and the Manuscript Circulation of Texts in Early Modern England (Arthur F. Marotti). 13 The Sonnets and Book History (Marcy L. North). PART V Models of Desire in the Sonnets. 14 Shakespeare's Love Objects (Douglas Trevor). 15 Tender Distance: Latinity and Desire in Shakespeare's Sonnets (Bradin Cormack). 16 Fickle Glass (Rayna Kalas). 17 "Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame": Mapping the "Emotional Regime" of Shakespeare's Sonnets (Jyotsna G. Singh). PART VI Ideas of Darkness in the Sonnets. 18 Rethinking Shakespeare's Dark Lady (Ilona Bell). 19 Flesh Colors and Shakespeare's Sonnets (Elizabeth D. Harvey). PART VII Memory and Repetition in the Sonnets. 20 Voicing the Young Man: Memory, Forgetting, and Subjectivity in the Procreation Sonnets (Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr.). 21 "Full character'd": Competing Forms of Memory in Shakespeare's Sonnets (Amanda Watson). PART VIII The Sonnets in/and the Plays. 22 Halting Sonnets: Poetry and Theater in Much Ado About Nothing (Patrick Cheney). 23 Personal Identity and Vicarious Experience in Shakespeare's Sonnets (William Flesch). PART IX The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint. 24 "Making the quadrangle round": Alchemy's Protean Forms in Shakespeare's sonnets and A Lover's Complaint (Margaret Healy). 25 The Enigma of A Lover's Complaint (Catherine Bates). Appendix: The 1609 Text of Shakespeare's Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint. Index.

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  • publication date: 14/12/2006
  • ISBN13: 9781405121552
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 536
  • ID: 9781405121552
  • weight: 1086
  • ISBN10: 1405121556

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