Renaissance Papers 2012

Renaissance Papers 2012

Edited by Andrew Shifflett, Edward Gieskes


Camden House



Yearly volume of the best essays submitted to the Southeastern Renaissance Conference, focusing on sexuality in Elizabethan poetry, Renaissance drama and its links to the wider culture, and on seventeenth-century literature.
Renaissance Papers collects the best scholarly essays submitted each year to the Southeastern Renaissance Conference. The 2012 volume opens with two essays on sexuality in Elizabethan narrative poetry: on homoeroticism in Spenser's Faerie Queene and on Shakespeare's "swerve" into Lucretian imagery in Venus and Adonis. The volume then turns to Renaissance drama and its links to the wider culture: the commodification of spirit in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare's evocation of the Acts of the Apostles in The Comedy of Errors, "summoning" in Hamlet and King Lear, discourses of procreation and generation in Antony and Cleopatra, trade and gender in John Webster's Devil's Law-Case, and an examination of street scenes in Romeo and Juliet in relation to Paul's Cross Churchyard, the hub of the London bookselling market in the early modern period. The volume closes with essays on seventeenth-century literature and literary culture: on the "puritan logic" of the elder Andrew Marvell in his famous son's poem "To His Coy Mistress," on the "sociable lexicography" of a Royalist polymath attempting to reconcile with the English Commonwealth, and on the underestimated roles of Urania in Milton's Paradise Lost.

Contributors: David Ainsworth, Thomas W. Dabbs, Sonya Freeman Loftis, Russell Hugh McConnell, Robert L. Reid, Amrita Sen, Susan C. Staub, Emily Stockard, Nathan Stogdill, Christina A. Taormina, Emma Annette Wilson. Andrew Shifflett and Edward Gieskes are Associate Professors of English at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

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November 2013
134 pages
8.5x5.5 in
Renaissance Papers
ISBN: 9781571135605
Format: Hardback
Camden House
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Table of Contents

Reconstructing the Bower of Bliss: Homoerotic Myth-Making in The Faerie Queene
Ovid, Lucretius, and the Grounded Goddess in Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis
The Soul as Commodity: Materialism in Doctor Faustus
Antipholus and the Exorcists: The Acts of the Apostles in Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors
Paul's Cross Churchyard and Shakespeare's Verona Youth
The Summoning of Hamlet and Lear
"Bred Now of Your Mud": Land, Generation, and Maternity in Antony and Cleopatra
Cosmetic Blackness: East Indies Trade, Gender, and The Devil's Law-Case
From One Marvell to Another: Puritan Logic in "To His Coy Mistress"
"An Heap Is Form'd into an Alphabet": Thomas Blount's Sociable Lexicography
Getting Past the Ellipsis: The Spirit and Urania in Paradise Lost


[T]he authors represented here can expect to see their work gratefully used in classroom contexts and also relied on as a framework for continuing scholarship on the complex and worthwhile issues they introduce. SIXTEENTH-CENTURY JOURNAL

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