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The six articles collected in this third issue in Volume 13 encompass a variety of sources and approaches. The texts examined date from the sixteenth century through to the twentieth. They range from novels to plays, musical scores to diplomatic letters and legal documents, and draw on selected historical, theoretical, philosophical and psychological tracts, advocating the journal's interest in the dialogue between literary and cultural studies

Stephen Wade examines the fiction of Christopher Isherwood via the writer's own religious and philosophical views. In his interpretation of Shakespeare's King Lear Dennis Brown extends into psycho-analysis, in particular group therapy, to open up new possibilities in this much discussed play. Stephen Benson blurs the boundary between music and literature, drawing on an operatic version of the Jungle Books to appreciate the significance of voice within Kipling's narratives. A late sixteenth-century letter, written by William Herbert, is interpreted by Margaret Rose Jaster in the light of early clothing laws, in order to demons/rate that ordinances about Gaelic-Irish clothing formed part of the colonising efforts of the English in Ireland. …