Early Modern Literary Studies

A refereed quarterly forum for scholars and a source for researchers in English literature and language during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Publishes articles and responses to published papers in a Readers' Forum. Reviews evaluate recent work

Articles

Vol. 16, No. 2, 2012

Homoerotic Pleasure and Violence in the Drama of Thomas Middleton
1. In Satire 5 of Thomas Middleton's Micro-cynicon: Six Snarling Satyres (1599), the poet-persona describes being cozened by a cross-dressing prostitute, 'Ingling Pyander'. The religious morality, warning others away from sin, is conventional enough,...
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Books Received, September 2012
* Alvarez-Recio, Leticia, Fighting the Antichrist: A Cultural History of Anti-Catholicism in Tudor England, Transl. Bradley L. Drew (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2011)* Andrea, Bernadette (ed.), English Women Staging Islam, 1696-1707 (Toronto: CRRS,...
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Divided They Fall: (De)constructing the Triple Hecate in Spenser's Cantos of Mutabilitie
1. The triple Hecate, also known as the triple Diana, is an ancient symbol of female divinity and power. While she does possess three faces she is paradoxically understood as being neither three separate goddesses nor a single amalgamated individual.[1]...
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Beaumont and Fletcher's Rhodes: Early Modern Geopolitics and Mythological Topography in the Maid's Tragedy
1. Unlike William Shakespeare's near-contemporaneous Tempest-wherein the action unfolds on an unspecified island somewhere in the watery "space" lying "'twixt" Tunis and Naples-Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher's Maid's Tragedy (King's Men, c. 1610)...
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The Oxford Handbook of John Donne
The Oxford Handbook of John Donne, edited by Jeanne Shami, Dennis Flynn, and M. Thomas Hester. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. Pp. xxxvi + 845. ISBN 978-0-19-921860-8.1. This huge and important work is a further contribution to the Oxford series...
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Ben Jonson and Envy
Lynn S. Meskill, Ben Jonson and Envy. New York: Cambridge UP, 2009. 229pp. ISBN 978 0 521 51743 0.1. On the first page of Ben Jonson and Envy, Lynn S. Meskill mentions a nineteenth-century essay by William Gifford titled, in part, "Proofs of Ben Jonson's...
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Donne's Augustine: Renaissance Cultures of Interpretation
Katrin Ettenhuber, Donne's Augustine: Renaissance Cultures of Interpretation. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. 267pp. ISBN 978-0-19-960910-9.1. In their 1990 essay '"Studied for Action": How Gabriel Harvey Read His Livy' Anthony Grafton and Lisa...
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Performing Childhood in the Early Modern Theatre: The Children's Playing Companies (1599 -1613)
Edel Lamb. Performing Childhood in the Early Modern Theatre: The Children's Playing Companies (1599 -1613). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 189pp. ISBN 978 0 230 20261 01. Performing Childhood is the first book-length study since Michael Shapiro's...
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Cambridge Shakespeare, 2012
1. The year began with The Movement's Twelfth Night at the Mumford, directed by Rory Attwood. A fine opening: Orsino's musical food of love was a proleptic 'O Mistress Mine', beautifully sung unaccompanied by Bill Parfitt, dressed in a sort of modified...
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Religion and Drama in Early Modern England: The Performance of Religion on the Renaissance Stage
Jane Hwang Degenhardt and Elizabeth Williamson, eds, Religion and Drama in Early Modern England: The Performance of Religion on the Renaissance Stage. Farnham: Ashgate, 2011. xi + 281 pp. ISBN 9781409409021.1. Recent critical work on the culture of early...
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Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet, presented by Action to the Word at Camden People's Theatre, London, 14-26 February 2012Directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones. Assistant direction by Tom O'Brien. Lighting by David Mack. With Violet Ryder (Juliet), Eddie Usher (Romeo),...
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The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale, presented by Propeller at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, 31 January - 4 February 2012, and on tour.With: Robert Hands (Leontes), Richard Dempsey (Hermione and Dorcas), Ben Allen (Mamillius and Perdita), Nicholas Asbury (Polixenes),...
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'When Dead Ones Are Revived': The Aesthetics of Spectacle in Robert Greene's James IV (C. 1590)
1. At about three o'clock in the morning, Vincent bursts into the home of his dealer, desperately seeking help, after Mia's accidental overdose. Amidst much panic and confusion, Vincent plunges a massive needle into Mia's chest, injecting adrenalin straight...
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Vol. 16, No. 1, 2012

England's Adam: The Short Career of the Giant Samothes in English Reformation Thought
1. It was John Bale, dramatist, virulent anti-Catholic and Bishop of Ossory, who first introduced English audiences to their ancestral father, Samothes. His popular history, The Actes of English Votaryes (1546) described an ancient hero, the offspring...
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The Publication of No-Body and Some-Body: Humanism, History and Economics in the Early Jacobean Public Theatre[1]
1. No-body and Some-body is known from a quarto text printed in 1606. There has been limited critical interest in the play, and what has been written about it shows an extraordinary lack of consensus, even about what genre it belongs to. [2] The anonymity...
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Pious Aeneas, False Aeneas: Marlowe's Dido, Queen of Carthage and the Gift of Death
1. "A man more memorable for kindness, suffering, and sorrow than for martial action," Reuben Brower observes in his study Hero and Saint: Shakespeare and the Greco-Roman Tradition, "Aeneas is almost the only hero in ancient epic we might be tempted...
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Fair Foul and Right Wrong: The Language of Alchemy in Timon of Athens
1. A persistent image in Shakespeare's Timon of Athens is that of one substance transforming into another: diamonds become stones (xi.118), roots turn to gold (xiv.25), and, as Apemantus predicts in the opening scene (i.185), Timon degenerates into a...
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Local Negotiations of English Nationhood, 1570-1680
John M. Adrian, Local Negotiations of English Nationhood, 1570-1680. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 238pp. ISBN 978 0 333 71472 0.1. The focus of Local Negotiations of English Nationhood, 157-1680 is, as the title suggests, localism in early...
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On Demand: Writing for the Market in Early Modern England
David J. Baker. On Demand: Writing for the Market in Early Modern England. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2010. 199pp. ISBN 978 0 8047 3856 9.1. Books about economics and literature tend to fall into two categories: either they use economics to talk about literature,...
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Politics, Religion and the Song of Songs in Seventeenth-Century England
Elizabeth Clarke, Politics, Religion and the Song of Songs in Seventeenth-Century England. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. viii+265pp. ISBN 978 0 333 71411 9.1. The eight-chapter Bible book known as the Song of Songs, or Canticles (or less accurately,...
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Ben Jonson and the Politics of Genre
A. D. Cousins and Alison V. Scott, eds. Ben Jonson and the Politics of Genre. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009. 230pp. ISBN: 9780521513784.1. This collection features a series of fine essays on Ben Jonson, covering his poetry, masques, plays, and prose....
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Ecocriticism and Shakespeare: Reading Ecophobia
Simon C. Estok. Ecocriticism and Shakespeare: Reading Ecophobia. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 182pp. ISBN 978 0 230 11256 8.1. In a 1999 Forum in PMLA, Simon Estok sounded the first call for parley between early modernists and ecocritics. So this...
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Two Productions of Dr Faustus on Bankside
Two productions of Dr Faustus on Bankside, presented by Little Goblin Productions at the Rose Theatre, and by Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Summer 2011.Little Goblin Productions at the Rose Theatre. Director: Vince Tycer. With Christopher Diacopoulos...
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Hamlet
Hamlet presented by the Jungle Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 26 August - 9 October, 2011.Directed by Bain Boehlke. Set designed by Bain Boehlke. Costumes designed by Matthew J. Lefebvre. Lighting designed by Barry Browning. Sound designed by Sean...
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Cupid in Early Modern Literature and Culture
Jane Kingsley-Smith. Cupid in Early Modern Literature and Culture. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 264pp. ISBN 9780521767613.1. Jane Kingsley-Smith's Cupid in Early Modern Literature and Culture is a wide-ranging and learned exercise in literary...
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Robert Greene
Kirk Melnikoff, ed., Robert Greene. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011. xxxvii+569pp. ISBN 978 0 754 62858 3.1. In this new collection of poems, prose and essays, tracing the reception of Robert Greene from his death in 1592 to the present day, Kirk Melnikoff's...
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East Anglia Shakespeare, Summer/Autumn 2011
1. The exquisite little Theatre Royal at Bury St Edmunds has claims, sometimes disputed with one in Richmond, Yorkshire, and another in Bristol, to be the oldest working theatre in the country, dating from the Regency and designed by William Wilkins,...
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Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, Henry IV Part Two, Love's Labor's Lost, the African Company Presents Richard III, and Ghostlight
Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, Henry IV Part Two, Love's Labor's Lost, The African Company Presents Richard III, and Ghostlight, presented by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, February-November 2011.Measure for Measure. Director: Bill Rauch. With...
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Othello
Directed by Daniel Evans. Design by Morgan Large. Lighting design by Lucy Carter. Sound design by Alex Baranowski. With Dominic West (Iago), Clarke Peters (Othello), Lily James (Desdemona), Alexandra Gilbreath (Emilia), Gwilym Lee (Cassio), Leigh McDonald...
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The Two Noble Kinsmen, King Edward III, and Double Falsehood
The Two Noble Kinsmen, King Edward III, and Double Falsehood, presented by Atlanta's New American Shakespeare Tavern (March-June 2011)The Two Noble Kinsmen. Director: Troy Willis. Costume Design: Anné Carol Butler. Lighting Design: Harley Gould. Fight...
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The Tempest (Stormen)
The Tempest (Stormen), presented by the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, November 19, 2010.Translated by Britt G. Hallqvist and Claes Schaar. Directed by John Caird. Choreography: Pär Isberg. Scenography and costume: David Farley. Lighting: Torben...
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'Tis Pity She's A Whore
'Tis Pity She's A Whore, a rehearsed reading presented at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin. 9th June 2011.Directed by: Selina Cartmell. With Louis Lovett (Giovanni), Aoife Duffin (Annabella), Don Wycherley (Bergetto/Banditti), Darren...
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Learning to Obey in Milton and Homer
1. At the end of Book 12 of Paradise Lost, after viewing the highlights of Biblical history, Adam explains what he has learned: "Henceforth I learn, that to obey is best."[1] The archangel Michael approves Adam's lesson, calling it "the sum of wisdom."...
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