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Gathering Force


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Part I. Generic Transitions: 1. The English sonnet: cycles and recycling Catherine Bates; 2. Romance: traditions and innovations Kenneth Borris; 3. Drama: forming an audience Lois Potter; 4. Pageants, masques, and entertainments: old rituals, new forms Lauren Shohet; 5. Arts of rhetoric: antique and modern Jenny C. Mann; Part II. Literature and Ideological Transformation: 6. Lyric and spiritualism: John Donne's 'The Ecstasy' Douglas Trevor; 7. Romance and the boundaries of genre and gender Andrew Hadfield; 8. Drama and globalization in early modern England Daniel J. Vitkus; 9. The court masque: art and politics Peter Holbrook; 10. Prose, science, and scripture: Francis Bacon's sacred texts Katherine Bootle Attie; Part III. Literature and Cultural Transformation: 11. Lyric and scientific epistemologies: Bacon and Donne Liza Blake; 12. Romance and the early modern cultures of the book Sarah Wall-Randell; 13. Drama and commodity culture in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus Bradley D. Ryner; 14. Pageantry and politics: the anxiety of arrival Tom Bishop; 15. Prose and the public sphere David Colclough; Part IV. Literature and Local Transformation: 16. 'Hard to meter well': psalms and early modern English poetry Lucia Martinez Valdivia; 17. Romance, magical space, and Wroth's Urania Sheila Cavanagh; 18. Drama and the playhouse Lucy Munro; 19. Greek tragedy on the university stage: Buchanan and Euripides Hannah Crawforth and Lucy Jackson; 20. Prose and the pulpit Lori Anne Ferrell.

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Explores how different genres of early modern literature both shape and respond to rapid historical transformations of their time.

About the Author

Kristen Poole, Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of English Renaissance Literature at the University of Delaware, is the author of Radical Religion from Shakespeare to Milton: Figures of Nonconformity in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2000) and Supernatural Environments in Shakespeare's England: Spaces of Demonism, Divinity, and Drama (Cambridge, 2011). She is co-editor of The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage: Cultures of Interpretation in Reformation England (Cambridge, 2018). Her research has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Penn Humanities Forum. Lauren Shohet, Professor of English at Villanova University, is the author of Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century (2010) and editor of Temporality, Genre and Experience in the Age of Shakespeare: Forms of Time (2018). The author of numerous articles and book chapters on Milton, Shakespeare, Marvell, adaptation, and genre, she has won fellowships and prizes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Mellon Foundation, the Shakespeare Association of America, the Bogliasco Foundation, and the Freiburg (Germany) Institute of Advanced Studies.


'... lapses are rare in this valuable book ... we hope that it encourages publishers, often dubious about collections, to publish them-and personnel committees to celebrate the achievements of their editors.' Heather Dubrow, Renaissance Quarterly

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