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Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture #118: A Companion to Tudor Literatureby Kent Cartwright
Synopses & Reviews
This cutting-edge Companion presents a diverse and provocative collection of scholarship on English literature and its contexts from the accession of Henry VII in 1485 to the end of the reign of Elizabeth I in 1603.
Featuring thirty-one newly commissioned essays from both emerging and well-established literary scholars, A Companion to Tudor Literature considers some of the period's most distinctive voices and works. A major focus of the text lies in the literary styles and cultural developments of the first half of the Tudor dynasty - the foundational period that preceded the golden age of Elizabethan England. The Companion explores issues including international influences, religious change, travel and New World discoveries, women’s writing, technological innovations, medievalism, and print culture. Also discussed are developments in music, modes of seeing and reading, and implicit questionings of human nature, along with key texts and other representative subjects.
Filled with fresh insight and the latest scholarship, A Companion to Tudor Literature will draw well-deserved attention to this exciting period of literary history.
Book News Annotation:
Cartwright (English, University of Maryland) has assembled an excellent overview of Tudor literature that places the works studied within the context of the times. A timeline and map open the book, providing readers with easy points of reference. The first sections cover various aspects of Tudor society not often mentioned in literary studies, such as music, witchcraft, technology and Islam. The transition from manuscript to print culture makes up the second section, with an understanding that it was not as absolute as sometimes portrayed. A third section discusses the medieval roots of Tudor literature and how much was preserved and reused. This part also focuses on French and Italian literary forms. The final section focuses on specific writers and how they influenced and were affected by the events of the period. Religion is an ongoing thread as the Protestant/Catholic debate was a major part of the culture. Other sub-themes include the impact of the discovery of the Americas, international relations and the female voice. This would make a fine introduction for students of Tudor literature or history. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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.
About the Author
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
Notes on Contributors.
List of Illustrations.
Map of England in the Sixteenth Century.
Introduction (Kent Cartwright).
I: Historical and Cultural Contexts.
1. The Reformation, Lollardy, and Catholicism (Peter Marshall).
2. Witchcraft in Tudor England and Scotland (Kathryn A. Edwards).
3. The Tudor Experience of Islam (Matthew Dimmock).
4. Protestantism, Profit, and Politics: Tudor Representations of the New World (Nancy Bradley Warren).
5. International Influences and Tudor Music (Ross W. Duffin).
6. Tudor Technology in Transition (Adam Max Cohen).
7. Enclosing the Body: Tudor Conceptions of Skin (Tanya Pollard).
II: Manuscript, Print, and Letters.
8. Manuscripts in Tudor England (Steven W. May and Heather Wolfe).
9. John Skelton and the State of Letters (Seth Lerer).
10. The Henrician Courtier Writing in Manuscript and Print (Wyatt, Surrey, Bryan, and Others: David R. Carlson).
11. Old Authors, Women Writers, and the New Print Technology (Helen Smith).
12. Printers of Interludes (Peter Happé).
III: Literary Origins, Presences, Absences.
13. Medievalism in English Renaissance Literature (Deanne Williams).
14. The Tudor Origins of Medieval Drama (Theresa M. Coletti and McMurray Gibson).
15. French Presences in Tudor England (A. E. B. Coldiron).
16. Italian in Tudor England: Why Couldn’t a Woman Be More Like a Man? (Pamela J. Benson).
IV: Authors, Works, and Modes.
17. More’s Utopia: Medievalism and Radicalism (Anne Lake Prescott).
18. The Literary Voices of Katherine Parr and Anne Askew (Joan Pong Linton).
19. Reformation Satire, Scatology, and Iconoclastic Aesthetics in Gammer Gurton’s Needle (Robert Hornback).
20. Bad Fun and Tudor Laughter (Pamela Allen Brown).
21. Perspective and Realism in the Renaissance (Alastair Fowler).
22. Seeing Through Words In Theories Of Poetry: Sidney, Puttenham, Lodge (Gavin Alexander).
23. Tudor Versification and the Rise of Iambic Pentameter (Jeff Dolven).
24. John Lyly’s Galatea: Politics and Literary Allusion (Mike Pincombe).
25. Sidney’s Arcadia, Romance, and the Responsive Woman Reader (Clare R. Kinney).
26. Nature and Technê in Spenser’s Faerie Queene (Jessica Wolfe).
27. “In Poesie the mirrois of our Age”: The Countess of Pembroke’s ‘Sydnean’ Poetics (Suzannne Trill).
28. ‘Conceived of young Horatio his son’: The Spanish Tragedy and the Psychotheology of Revenge (Heather Hirschfeld).
29. West of England: The Irish Specter in Tamburlaine (Kimberly Anne Coles).
30. The Real and the Unreal in Tudor Travel Writing (Mary C. Fuller).
31. Jack in the City: The Unfortunate Traveler, Tudor London, and Literary History (Steve Mentz).
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