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


Vol. 20, No. 2, 2018

Shakestats: Writing about Shakespeare between the Humanities and the Social Sciences
This essay assesses the role of quantitative data in Shakespeare studies. I make the deflationary case that statistics do indeed have a part to play in both our classrooms and our scholarship, but it is not a particularly revolutionary role. Statistics...
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January 2017

‘What Think You of This Present State?’: Representations of Scotland and Anglo-Scottish Union in Robert Greene’s the Scottish History of James the Fourth and John Ford’s Perkin Warbeck
As the elderly Elizabeth I's long reign drew to a close in the late 1590s, it became increasingly likely that her Scottish kinsman, James VI, would ascend the English throne, thus uniting two sovereign states under one crown. This came to pass in 1603,...
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Vol. 19, No. 1, 2016

Triangulating Rome: Du Bellay, Spenser, and the Fantasy of Perspective
For Renaissance writers and thinkers, to be a humanist and devout Christian demanded a particular strategy for contemplating the past, present, and future. The triad of the Roman pagan past, the current state of Christian Europe, and the eschatological...
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Vol. 18, No. 1/2, 2015

Renaissance Hybrids: Culture and Genre in Early Modern England
Gary A. Schmidt, Renaissance Hybrids: Culture and Genre in Early Modern England (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013). pp. 246. ISBN 978 1 4094 5118 1.Recent scholarship on the early modern age frequently returns to the trope of hybridity to show that, contrary to...
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Vol. 17, No. 1, 2014

Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson
Tom MacFaul, Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). 275pp. ISBN 978 0 5211 9110 4.Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England is the first of two recent...
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Books Received, May 2014
* Aebischer, Pascale, Screening Early Modern Drama Beyond Shakespeare (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)* Armitage, Christopher M., ed., Literary and Visual Ralegh (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013)* Betteridge, Thomas, Writing...
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Vol. 15, No. 1, 2009

Iago and Equivocation: The Seduction and Damnation of Othello
Introduction1. Much recent attention has understandably been devoted to the hero of Othello, so this essay will tackle its scheming, devilish villain. The seductive capabilities of equivocation in Macbeth have been a familiar mine for critical exploration,[1]...
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