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)Paperback

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This Companion represents the myriad ways of thinking aboutthe remarkable achievement of Shakespeare s sonnets. * An authoritative reference guide and extended introduction toShakespeare s sonnets. * Contains more than 20 newly-commissioned essays by bothestablished 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 canread their own critical biases. * Informed by the latest theoretical, cultural and archivalwork.

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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 viii

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction 1

PART I Sonnet Form and Sonnet Sequence 13

1 The Value of the Sonnets 15 Stephen Booth

2 Formal Pleasure in the Sonnets 27 Helen Vendler

3 The Incomplete Narrative of Shakespeare s Sonnets45 James Schiffer

4 Revolution in Shake-speares Sonnets 57 Margreta de Grazia

PART II Shakespeare and His Predecessors 71

5 The Refusal to be Judged in Petrarch and Shakespeare 73 Richard Strier

6 Dressing old words new ? Re-evaluating the Delian Structure 90 Heather Dubrow

7 Confounded by Winter: Speeding Time in Shakespeare sSonnets 104 Dympna Callaghan

PART III Editorial Theory and Biographical Inquiry: Editingthe Sonnets 119

8 Shake-speares Sonnets, Shakespeare s Sonnets, andShakespearean Biography 121 Richard Dutton

9 Mr. Who He? 137 Stephen Orgel

10 Editing the Sonnets 145 Colin Burrow

11 William Empson and the Sonnets 163 Lars Engle

PART IV The Sonnets in Manuscript and Print 183

12 Shakespeare s Sonnets and the Manuscript Circulation ofTexts in Early Modern England 185 Arthur F. Marotti

13 The Sonnets and Book History 204 Marcy L. North

PART V Models of Desire in the Sonnets 223

14 Shakespeare s Love Objects 225 Douglas Trevor

15 Tender Distance: Latinity and Desire in Shakespeare sSonnets 242 Bradin Cormack

16 Fickle Glass 261 Rayna Kalas

17 Th expense of spirit in a waste ofshame : Mapping the Emotional Regime ofShakespeare s Sonnets 277 Jyotsna G. Singh

PART VI Ideas of Darkness in the Sonnets 291

18 Rethinking Shakespeare s Dark Lady 293 Ilona Bell

19 Flesh Colors and Shakespeare s Sonnets 314 Elizabeth D. Harvey

PART VII Memory and Repetition in the Sonnets 329

20 Voicing the Young Man: Memory, Forgetting, and Subjectivityin the Procreation Sonnets 331 Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr.

21 Full character d : Competing Forms ofMemory in Shakespeare s Sonnets 343 Amanda Watson

PART VIII The Sonnets in/and the Plays 361

22 Halting Sonnets: Poetry and Theater in Much Ado About Nothing363 Patrick Cheney

23 Personal Identity and Vicarious Experience inShakespeare s Sonnets 383 William Flesch

PART IX The Sonnets and A Lover s Complaint 403

24 Making the quadrangle round : Alchemy sProtean Forms in Shakespeare s sonnets and A Lover sComplaint 405 Margaret Healy

25 The Enigma of A Lover s Complaint 426 Catherine Bates

Appendix: The 1609 Text of Shakespeare s Sonnets and ALover s Complaint 441

Index 502

Product Details

  • publication date: 12/02/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781444332063
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 534
  • ID: 9781444332063
  • weight: 906
  • ISBN10: 1444332066

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