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. 2, 2012

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)...
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...
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,...
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...
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]...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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),...
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...
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),...
'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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