This Concise Companion launches students into the study of English Renaissance literature through the central contexts that informed it. * Places the poetry within contexts such as: economics; religion; empire and exploration; education, humanism and rhetoric; censorship and patronage; royal marriage and succession; treason and rebellion; "others" in England; private lives; cosmology and the body; and life-writing. * Incorporates recent developments in the field, as well as work soon to be published. * Entices students to explore the subject further. * Provides new syntheses that will be of interest to scholars. * All the contributors are highly regarded scholars and teachers.
Donna B. Hamilton is Professor of English at the University of Maryland. Her previous publications include Virgil and 'The Tempest': The Politics of Imitation (1990), Shakespeare and the Politics of Protestant England (1992), Religion, Literature and Politics in Post-Reformation England (co-edited with Richard Strier, 1996), Anthony Munday and the Catholics, 1560-1633 (2005), and an edition of Middleton's The Puritan (2005).
Notes on Contributors. Introduction: Donna B. Hamilton (University of Maryland). 1 Economics: S. P. Cerasano (Colgate University). 2 Religion: Donna B. Hamilton (University of Maryland). 3 Royal Marriage and the Royal Succession: Paul E. J. Hammer (University of St Andrews). 4 Patronage, Licensing, and Censorship: Richard Dutton (Ohio State University). 5 Humanism, Rhetoric, Education: Peter Mack (University of Warwick). 6 Manuscripts in Early Modern England: Heather Wolfe (Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC). 7 Travel, Exploration, and Empire: Ralph Bauer (University of Maryland). 8 Private Life and Domesticity: Lena Cowen Orlin (University of Maryland). 9 Treason and Rebellion: Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex). 10 Shakespeare and the Marginalized "Others": Carole Levin (University of Nebraska). 11 Cosmology and the Body: Cynthia Marshall (Rhodes College). 12 Life-Writing: Alan Stewart (Columbia University). Index