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 from Vol. 16, No. 3, 2013

A Lover's Complaint and the Claremont Shakespeare Clinic
Under the direction of Ward E. Y. Elliot and Robert J. Valenza, the Claremont Shakespeare Clinic has spent two decades investigating the authorship of plays and poems associated with Shakespeare.1 Their project began as an attempt to check whether any...
Archipelagic English: Literature, History, and Politics 1603
John Kerrigan, Archipelagic English: Literature, History, and Politics 1603-1707 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008). xiv+599pp. ISBN 978 0 1981 8384 6.In choosing the title Archipelagic English, John Kerrigan invites his readers to think about early...
As You like It
As You Like It, presented by the Pittsburgh Public Theater at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 16 February 2012Adapted and Directed by Ted Pappas. Scenic Design by James Noone. Music composed by Michael Moricz. Sound Design by Zach Moore....
Books Received, November 2013
* Acheson, Katherine, Visual Rhetoric and Early Modern English Literature (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013)* Aebischer, Pascale and Kathryn Prince, eds., Performing Early Modern Drama Today (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)* Ahnert, Ruth, The Rise...
'Come, What, a Siege?': Metarepresentation in Lady Jane Cavendish and Lady Elizabeth Brackley's the Concealed Fancies
The Concealed Fancies is a play written by Lady Jane Cavendish and Lady Elizabeth Brackley, the two eldest daughters of William Cavendish, marquis (and later duke) of Newcastle, during the English Civil War.1 We can feel reasonably certain that the sisters...
Cymbeline
Cymbeline, presented by the Orlando Shakespeare Theater at the Margeson Theater, Orlando, Florida, 9 March 2012.Directed by Jim Helsinger. Scenic Design by Bob Philips. Music composed by Michael Moricz. Sound Design by Matthew Given. Costume Design by...
Giving and Serving in Timon of Athens
In a recent article Michael Neill reflected on his bleak experiences as a young domestic servant during the 1970s. He and his wife, he explains, were 'boilerman and char in a damp Victorian mansion whose châtelaine could no longer afford the retinue...
Grossly Material Things: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England
Helen Smith, Grossly Material Things: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). 272pp. ISBN 978 0 1996 5158 0.Helen Smith's Grossly Material Things is a fascinating, insightful, superbly researched book...
Henry V
Henry V, performed by the Illyria Theatre Company at Winchester Cathedral, June 21 2012, and on tour.Directed by Oliver Gray. With James Dangerfield (Henry V, Nym), Ben Goodridge (Pistol, Dolphin, Mountjoy, Archbishop Canterbury, Queen of France), Ffion...
In the Shadow of the Queen: The Early English Epithalamium and the Female Monarch
Perhaps the most significant aspect of the sixteenth-century English epithalamium is its scarcity. The form was prevalent elsewhere in Europe,1 and evidence drawn from ballads, prose works, and drama suggests a wide-spread awareness of epithalamic elements...
Italian Culture in the Drama of Shakespeare & His Contemporaries: Rewriting, Remaking, Refashioning
Michele Marrapodi, ed., Italian Culture in the Drama of Shakespeare & his Contemporaries: Rewriting, Remaking, Refashioning (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007). 302pp. ISBN 978 0 7546 5504 6.Michele Marrapodi brings to readers another collection of essays...
King Lear
King Lear presented at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, February 2013.Directed by: Selina Cartmell. With Serge Bolze (King of France and Ensemble), Sean Campion (Earl of Kent), Beth Cooke (Cordelia), Lorcan Cranitch (Earl of Gloucester), Aidan Crowe (Ensemble),...
Masculinity and Marian Efficacy in Shakespeare's England
Ruben Espinosa, Masculinity and Marian Efficacy in Shakespeare's England (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011). 194pp. ISBN: 978 1 4094 0116 2.Ruben Espinosa's Masculinity and Marian Efficacy in Shakespeare's England contributes to the emerging critical focus on...
Measure for Measure (Lika För Lika)
Measure for Measure (Lika för lika), presented by Gothenburg City Theatre, Gothenburg, Sweden, 28 November, 2012Directed by Tobias Theorell. Scenography and costume: Magdalena Åberg. Lighting: Ellen Ruge. Sound: Karin Bloch-Jörgensen. Mask: Maria Agaton....
Popular Medicine, Hysterical Disease, and Social Controversy in Shakespeare's England
Kaara L. Peterson, Popular Medicine, Hysterical Disease, and Social Controversy in Shakespeare's England (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011). viii+217pp. ISBN 978 0 7546 6993While her work was published before this presidential season's political arguments concerning...
Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness
Sarah Beckwith, Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2011). 228pp. ISBN 978 0 8014 4978 9.Sarah Beckwith's Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness examines how Shakespeare's late, 'post-tragic' plays -...
Shakespeare's Sonnets: A Original-Spelling Text
Paul Hammond, ed., Shakespeare's Sonnets: A Original-Spelling Text (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). 504pp. ISBN 978 0 1996 4207 6As editor of the original 1609 edition of Shakespeare's poems, Paul Hammond, a distinguished scholar in the field...
The Island Garden: England's Language of Nation from Gildas to Marvell
Lynn Staley, The Island Garden: England's Language of Nation from Gildas to Marvell (Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame UP, 2012). 346pp. ISBN 978 0 2680 4140 3.In The Island Garden: England's Language of Nation from Gildas to Marvell, Lynn Staley examines the...
The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton
Gary Taylor and Trish Thomas Henley, eds, The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2012). 670pp. ISBN 978 0 1995 5988 6.The editors of The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton, Gary Taylor and Trish Thomas Henley, open their collection...
The Pilgrim's Progress
The Pilgrim's Progress, music and libretto by Ralph Vaughan Williams with occasional verses by Ursula Vaughan Williams, presented by the English National Opera, London Coliseum, 24 November 2012.Directed by Yoshi Oida. English National Opera Orchestra...
The Poetics of Literary Transfer in Early Modern France and England
Hassan Melehy, The Poetics of Literary Transfer in Early Modern France and England (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010). 277pp. ISBN 978 0 7546 6445 1.In his far-reaching study, Hassan Melehy emphasizes the importance of inner-literary and intertextual forms of...
The Print in Early Modern England: An Historical Oversight
Malcolm Jones, The Print in Early Modern England: An Historical Oversight (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010). xii+452pp.+378 illustrations. ISBN 978 0 3001 3697 5.I first stumbled into the world of the early modern print - and the early modern...
The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew, presented by Propeller at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, May 2013.Directed by Edward Hall. With Ben Allen (Biondello), Darrell Brockis (Vincentio), Joseph Chance (Viola), John Dougall (Gremio), Finn Hanlon (Lucentio), Lewis Hart...
Troilus and Cressida, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, as You like It, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella and the Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa
Troilus and Cressida, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, As You Like It, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella and The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa, performed by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, February-November 2012.Troilus and Cressida. Director: Rob Melrose. With...
Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night, presented by Shakespeare's Globe at the Apollo Theatre, London, 2nd November 2012 to 9th February 2013.Directed by Tim Carroll. Assistant directed by Oscar Toeman. Designed by Jenny Tiramani. Lighting by David Plater. Music and arrangements...
Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama
Michelle M. Dowd and Natasha Korda, eds, Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011). xiii+291pp. ISBN 978 1 4094 1077 5.This collection of essays explores how labour, workers, goods, capital and systems of economic exchange...
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