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Versailles Meets the Taj Mahal: François Bernier, Marguerite de la Sablière and Enlightening Conversations in Seventeenth-Century France
Versailles Meets the Taj Mahal: François Bernier, Marguerite de la Sablière and Enlightening Conversations in Seventeenth-Century France
By Faith E. Beasley

Challenging the prevailing images of India derived from nineteenth-century "orientalism," Versailles Meets the Taj Mahal identifies and explores the traces that exposure to India left on the cultural artifacts and mindset of France’s "Great Century."

Available May 2018
Middleton and Rowley: Forms of Collaboration in the Jacobean Playhouse
Middleton and Rowley: Forms of Collaboration in the Jacobean Playhouse
by David Nicol
This first full-length study of Middleton and Rowley uses their plays to propose a new model for the study of collaborative authorship in early modern English drama.
Available Feb 2018
 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
Writing Conscience and the Nation in Revolutionary England
Writing Conscience and the Nation in Revolutionary England
By Giuseppina Iacono Lobo

Examining works by well-known figures of the English Revolution, including John Milton, Oliver Cromwell, Margaret Fell Fox, Lucy Hutchinson, Thomas Hobbes, and King Charles I, Giuseppina Iacono Lobo presents the first comprehensive study of conscience during this crucial and turbulent period.

Published Jul 2017
Preserving on Paper: Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen's Receipt Books
Preserving on Paper: Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen's Receipt Books
Edited by Kristine Kowalchuk
Preserving on Paper is a critical edition of three seventeenth-century receipt books–handwritten manuals that included a combination of culinary recipes, medical remedies, and household tips which documented the work of women at home.
Published Jun 2017
The Lives of Girls and Women from the Islamic World in Early Modern British Literature and Culture
The Lives of Girls and Women from the Islamic World in Early Modern British Literature and Culture
By Bernadette Andrea

Bernadette Andrea’s groundbreaking study recovers and reinterprets the lives of women from the Islamic world who travelled, with varying degrees of volition, as slaves, captives, or trailing wives to Scotland and England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Published Apr 2017
Passing Judgment: The Politics and Poetics of Sovereignty in French Tragedy from Hardy to Racine
Passing Judgment: The Politics and Poetics of Sovereignty in French Tragedy from Hardy to Racine
By Hélène E. Bilis

In Passing Judgment, Hélène Bilis examines how an overlooked character-type—the royal judge—remained a constant of the tragic genre throughout the 17th century.

Published Oct 2016
Poets,  Players, and Preachers: Remembering the Gunpowder Plot in Seventeenth-Century England
Poets, Players, and Preachers: Remembering the Gunpowder Plot in Seventeenth-Century England
By Anne James

In Poets, Players and Preachers, Anne James explores the literary responses to the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot in poetry, drama, and sermons. This book is the first full-length study of the literary repercussions of the conspiracy.

Published Jul 2016
The Letter and the Cosmos: How the Alphabet Has Shaped the Western View of the World
The Letter and the Cosmos: How the Alphabet Has Shaped the Western View of the World
By Laurence de Looze

The Letter and the Cosmos is a sharp and entertaining examination of how languages, letterforms, orthography, and writing tools have reflected our hidden obsession with the alphabet,

Published Jun 2016
Adages IV iii 1 to V ii 51
Adages IV iii 1 to V ii 51

By Desiderius Erasmus

Edited by John N. Grant

Translated and edited by John N. Grant and Betty I. Knott

This sixth volume devoted to the Adages completes the translation and annotation of the more than 4000 proverbs Erasmus gathered and commented on. It is a fully annotated, accurate, and readable English version of Erasmus' commentaries on these Greek and Latin proverbs.

Published May 2016