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 Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing
Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing
By Laurie Ellinghausen

Examining tales of notorious figures in Renaissance England, Laurie Ellinghausen sheds new light on the construction of the early modern renegade and its depiction in English prose, poetry, and drama during a period of capitalist expansion.

Available Feb 2018
Privacy in the Age of Shakespeare
Privacy in the Age of Shakespeare
By Ronald Huebert

In Privacy in the Age of Shakespeare, Ronald Huebert challenges these assumptions by marshalling evidence that it was in Shakespeare’s time that the idea of privacy went from a marginal notion to a desirable quality.

Published Mar 2016
Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence, and Punishment in Early Modern Spain
Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence, and Punishment in Early Modern Spain
By Margaret E. Boyle

In the first in-depth study of the interconnected relationships among public theatre, custodial institutions, and women in early modern Spain, Margaret E. Boyle explores the contradictory practices of rehabilitation enacted by women both on and off stage.

Published Dec 2015
Metropolitan Tragedy: Genre, Justice, and the City in Early Modern England
Metropolitan Tragedy: Genre, Justice, and the City in Early Modern England
By Marissa Greenberg

Breaking new ground in the study of tragedy, early modern theatre, and literary London, Metropolitan Tragedy demonstrates that early modern tragedy emerged from the juncture of radical changes in London’s urban fabric and the city’s judicial procedures.

Published Apr 2015
The Rise of the Diva on the Sixteenth-Century Commedia dell'Arte Stage
The Rise of the Diva on the Sixteenth-Century Commedia dell'Arte Stage
By Rosalind Kerr

The Rise of the Diva on the Sixteenth-Century Commedia dell’Arte Stage examines the emergence of the professional actress from the 1560s onwards in Italy.

Published Mar 2015
Taking Exception to the Law: Materializing Injustice in Early Modern English Literature
Taking Exception to the Law: Materializing Injustice in Early Modern English Literature
Edited by Donald Beecher, Travis DeCook, Andrew Wallace, and Grant Williams

Taking Exception to the Law explores how a range of early modern English writings responded to injustices perpetrated by legal procedures, discourses, and institutions.

Published Jan 2015
Befriending the Commedia dell'Arte of Flaminio Scala: The Comic Scenarios
Befriending the Commedia dell'Arte of Flaminio Scala: The Comic Scenarios
By Natalie Crohn Schmitt

Schmitt demonstrates that the commedia dell’arte relied as much on craftsmanship as on improvisation and that Scala’s scenarios are a treasure trove of social commentary on early modern daily life in Italy.

Published Oct 2014
Shakespeare in the World of Communism and Socialism
Shakespeare in the World of Communism and Socialism
By Irena Makaryk and Joseph G. Price

The general theme that emerges from this study is the deeply ambivalent nature of communist Shakespeare who, like Feste's 'chev'ril glove,' often simultaneously served and subverted the official ideology.

Published Jun 2013
The Poetics of Imitation in the Italian Theatre of the Renaissance
The Poetics of Imitation in the Italian Theatre of the Renaissance
By Salvatore DiMaria

DiMaria delves into how playwrights not only brought inventive new dramaturgical methods to the genre, but also incorporated significant aspects of the morals and aesthetic preferences familiar to contemporary spectators into their works.

Published Jun 2013
Magical Imaginations: Instrumental Aesthetics in the English Renaissance
Magical Imaginations: Instrumental Aesthetics in the English Renaissance
By Genevieve Guenther

With this new understanding of early modern magic, and a fresh context for compelling readings of classic literary works, Magical Imaginations reveals the central importance of magic to English literary history.

Published Jan 2012