A Companion to Tudor Literature

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-08
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Tudor Literature presents a collection of thirty-one newly commissioned essays focusing on English literature and culture from the reign of Henry VII in 1485 to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603.Presents students with a valuable historical and cultural context to the period Discusses key texts and representative subjects, and explores issues including international influences, religious change, travel and New World discoveries, women's writing, technological innovations, medievalism, print culture, and developments in music and in modes of seeing and reading

Author Biography

Kent Cartwright is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Maryland. He is author of Shakespearean Tragedy and Its Double: The Rhythms of Audience Response (1991), which was selected as a Choice “outstanding academic book”; and Theatre and Humanism: English Drama in the Sixteenth Century (1999), winner of the Calvin and Rose Hoffman Prize for its chapter on Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine. He is also a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Long-Term Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Chronologyp. xvi
Map of England, Scotland, and Ireland in the Sixteenth Centuryp. xxxi
Introductionp. 1
Historical and Cultural Contextsp. 13
The Reformation, Lollardy, and Catholicismp. 15
Witchcraft in Tudor England and Scotlandp. 31
The Tudor Experience of Islamp. 49
Protestantism, Profit, and Politics: Tudor Representations of the New Worldp. 63
International Influences and Tudor Musicp. 79
Tudor Technology in Transitionp. 95
Enclosing the Body: Tudor Conceptions of Skinp. 111
Manuscript, Print, and Lettersp. 123
Manuscripts in Tudor Englandp. 125
John Skelton and the State of Lettersp. 140
The Henrician Courtier Writing in Manuscript and Print: Wyatt, Surrey, Bryan, and Othersp. 151
Old Authors, Women Writers, and the New Print Technologyp. 178
Printers of Interludesp. 192
Literary Origins, Presences, Absencesp. 211
Medievalism in English Renaissance Literaturep. 213
The Tudor Origins of Medieval Dramap. 228
French Presences in Tudor Englandp. 246
Italian in Tudor England: Why Couldn't a Woman Be More Like a Man?p. 261
Authors, Works, and Modesp. 277
More's Utopia: Medievalism and Radicalismp. 279
The Literary Voices of Katherine Parr and Anne Askewp. 295
Reformation Satire, Scatology, and Iconoclastic Aesthetics in Gammer Gurton's Needlep. 309
Bad Fun and Tudor Laughterp. 324
Perspective and Realism in the Renaissancep. 339
Seeing through Words in Theories of Poetry: Sidney, Puttenham, Lodgep. 350
Tudor Versification and the Rise of Iambic Pentameterp. 364
John Lyly's Galatea: Politics and Literary Allusionp. 381
Sidney's Arcadia, Romance, and the Responsive Woman Readerp. 395
Nature and TechnÍ in Spenser's Faerie Queenep. 412
"In Poesie the mirrois of our Age": The Countess of Pembroke's "Sydnean" Poeticsp. 428
"Conceived of young Horatio his son": The Spanish Tragedy and the Psychotheology of Revengep. 444
West of England: The Irish Specter in Tamburlainep. 459
The Real and the Unreal in Tudor Travel Writingp. 475
Jack and the City: The Unfortunate Traveler, Tudor London, and Literary Historyp. 489
Indexp. 50
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