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Shakespeare's Foreign Worlds: National and Transnational Identities in the Elizabethan Age (Book)
Title: Shakespeare's Foreign Worlds: National and Transnational Identities in the Elizabethan Age
Author: Carole Levin
Author: John Watkins
Abstract: In Shakespeare's Foreign Worlds, Carole Levin and John Watkins focus on the relationship between the London-based professional theater preeminently associated with William Shakespeare and an unprecedented European experience of geographic, social, and intellectual mobility. Shakespeare's plays bear the marks of exile and exploration, rural depopulation, urban expansion, and shifting mercantile and diplomatic configurations. He fills his plays with characters testing the limits of personal identity: foreigners, usurpers, outcasts, outlaws, scolds, shrews, witches, mercenaries, and cross-dressers. Through parallel discussions of Henry VI, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Merchant of Venice, Levin and Watkins argue that Shakespeare's centrality to English national consciousness is inseparable from his creation of the foreign as a category asserting dangerous affinities between England's internal minorities and its competitors within an increasingly fraught European mercantile system. As a women's historian, Levin is particularly interested in Shakespeare's responses to marginalized sectors of English society. As a scholar of English, Italian Studies, and Medieval Studies, Watkins situates Shakespeare in the context of broadly European historical movements. Together Levin and Watkins narrate the emergence of the foreign as portable category that might be applied both to "strangers" from other countries and to native-born English men and women, such as religious dissidents, who resisted conformity to an increasingly narrow sense of English identity. Shakespeare's Foreign Worlds will appeal to historians, literary scholars, theater specialists, and anyone interested in Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Age.
Year: 2009
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Type: Multi-author monograph
ISBN: B00FDVHSSI

Dreaming the English Renaissance: Politics and Desire in Court and Culture (Book)
Title: Dreaming the English Renaissance: Politics and Desire in Court and Culture
Author: Carole Levin
Abstract: Dreaming the English Renaissance examines ideas about dreams, actual dreams people had and recorded, and the many ways dreams were used in the culture and politics of the Tutor/Stuart age in order to provide a window into the mental life and the most profound beliefs of people of the time.
Year: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978-0-23061573

Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens (Book)
Title: Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens
Editor: Carole Levin
Abstract: Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens is a lively and erudite collection, unusual in an especially appealing way. This collection of essays shows how queens were represented in the Middle Ages and Renaissance through primary accounts, chronicles, and literary representations. The book also contains modern poetry and short plays about these same queens, allowing readers to understand and appreciate them both intellectually and emotionally. Contributors study a wide range of queens including such famous and fascinating women as Queen Elizabeth I, Cleopatra, Hecuba, the Empress Matilda, Mary Stuart, Margaret of Anjou, Catherine of Aragon, and the pirate queen Grace O'Malley. By pairing scholarly essays with contemporary poems about them, the collection demonstrates the continued relevance and immediacy of these powerful and fascinating women.
Year: 2015
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Type: Edited Volume
ISBN: 978-1-13753490

Elizabeth I and the Sovereign Arts:: Essays in Literature, History, and Culture (Book)
Title: Elizabeth I and the Sovereign Arts:: Essays in Literature, History, and Culture
Editor: Donald Stump
Editor: Linda Shenk
Editor: Carole Levine
Abstract: Elizabeth I and the ‘Sovereign Arts’ brings together eighteen wide-ranging and accessible essays on the queen and her extraordinary methods as a ruler. Focusing less on the usual sites of government than on more peripheral places where Elizabeth presented herself to her people and the world, the volume takes up early interactions with her family, popular representations of her as a mother, her use of poetry and oratory to persuade, her aims in elevating favorite men, and her constant interplay with her people through travels, tournaments, portraits, and literary works depicting her as a wise and divinely ordained ruler.
Year: 2011
Publisher: ACMRS
Type: Edited Volume
ISBN: 0866984550

Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England (Book)
Title: Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England
Editor: Carole Levin
Editor: Robert Bucholz
Abstract: In Queens and Power in Medieval and Early Modern England, Carole Levin and Robert Bucholz provide a forum for the underexamined, anomalous reigns of queens in history. These regimes, primarily regarded as interruptions to the “normal” male monarchy, have been examined largely as isolated cases. This interdisciplinary study of queens throughout history examines their connections to one another, their constituents’ perceptions of them, and the fallacies of their historical reputations. The contributors consider historical queens as well as fictional, mythic, and biblical queens and how they were represented in medieval and early modern England. They also give modern readers a glimpse into the early modern worldview, particularly regarding order, hierarchy, rulership, property, biology, and the relationship between the sexes. Considering topics as diverse as how Queen Elizabeth’s unmarried status affected the perception of her as a just and merciful queen to a reevaluation of “good Queen Anne” as more than just an obese, conventional monarch, this volume encourages readers to reexamine previously held assumptions about the role of female monarchs in early modern history.
Year: 2009
Publisher: The University of Nebraska Press
Type: Edited Volume
ISBN: 978-0-80322968

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream: a Commonplace Book (Book)
Title: To Sleep, Perchance to Dream: a Commonplace Book
Editor: Garrett Sullivan
Editor: Carole Levin
Abstract: While sleeping and dreaming are universal experiences, each culture and historical period understands them in distinctive ways. This exhibition explores the ethereal realm of sleeping and dreaming in Renaissance England, from the beliefs, rituals, and habits of sleepers to the role of dream interpreters and interpretations in public and private life. The habits and attitudes of both royalty and commoners toward sleep and dreams provide us with a glimpse into a world that has strong connections with, and striking differences from, our own. Sufferers of insomnia and nightmares attempted to cure themselves with a variety of remedies—from herbal concoctions to magic. They adhered to specific rituals for going to bed and held beliefs about when it was or was not appropriate to sleep. Through a variety of printed, handwritten, and visual materials, including literary texts by Shakespeare, Milton, and others, To Sleep, Perchance to Dream explores the vibrancy of early modern views of sleeping and dreaming. Nightclothes, gemstones, recipes and ingredients for curing nightmares and inducing sleep, and records of dreams about or by historical figures, provide a vivid glimpse of the various ways in which the Renaissance English prepared for sleep and sought to control and understand their dreams.
Year: 2009
Publisher: Folger Shakespeare Library

The Significance of the King’s Children in The Tudors (Book Section)
Title: The Significance of the King’s Children in The Tudors
Author: Carole Levin
Editor: William B. Robison
Abstract: This is the first book-length study of the award-winning historical drama The Tudors. In this volume twenty distinguished scholars separate documented history, plausible invention, and outright fantasy in a lively series of scholarly, but accessible and engaging essays. The contributors explore topics including Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, his other wives and family, gender and sex, kingship, the court, religion, and entertainments.
Year: 2016
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Book Title: History, Fiction, and The Tudors Sex, Politics, Power, and Artistic License in the Showtime Television Series
ISBN: 978-1-13743883

Pregnancy, False Pregnancy, and Questionable Heirs: Mary I and her Echoes (Book Section)
Title: Pregnancy, False Pregnancy, and Questionable Heirs: Mary I and her Echoes
Author: Carole Levin
Editor: Sarah Duncan
Editor: Valerie Schutte
Abstract: Marking the 500th year anniversary of the birth of Queen Mary I in 1516, this book both commemorates her rule and rehabilitates and redefines her image and reign as England's first queen regnant. In this broad collection of essays, leading historians of queenship (or monarchy) explore aspects of Mary's life from birth to reign to death and cultural afterlife, giving consideration to the struggles she faced both before and after her accession, and celebrating Mary as a queen in her own right.
Year: 2016
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Book Title: The Birth of a Queen: Essays on the Quincentenary of Mary I
ISBN: 978-1-13758728

Mary I’s Phantom Pregnancy (Blog Post)
Title: Mary I’s Phantom Pregnancy
Author: Carole Levin
Abstract: The first queen of England in her own right, Mary I was known as 'Bloody Mary' for her brutal persecution of Protestants. But she is also remembered for her phantom pregnancy of 1555. Perhaps a result of the queen’s overwhelming desire to have a child, the peculiar episode had great political consequences for her reign.
Date: 05/12/2015
Primary URL: http://www.historyextra.com/article/sex-and-love/mary-i%E2%80%99s-phantom-pregnancy
Blog Title: BBC History Magazine
Website: History Extra

Queen Margaret in Shakespeare and Chronicles: She-Wolf or Heroic Spirit,” Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens (Book Section)
Title: Queen Margaret in Shakespeare and Chronicles: She-Wolf or Heroic Spirit,” Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens
Author: Carole Levin
Editor: Carole Levin
Abstract: Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens is a lively and erudite collection, unusual in an especially appealing way. This collection of essays shows how queens were represented in the Middle Ages and Renaissance through primary accounts, chronicles, and literary representations. The book also contains modern poetry and short plays about these same queens, allowing readers to understand and appreciate them both intellectually and emotionally. Contributors study a wide range of queens including such famous and fascinating women as Queen Elizabeth I, Cleopatra, Hecuba, the Empress Matilda, Mary Stuart, Margaret of Anjou, Catherine of Aragon, and the pirate queen Grace O'Malley. By pairing scholarly essays with contemporary poems about them, the collection demonstrates the continued relevance and immediacy of these powerful and fascinating women.
Year: 2015
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Book Title: Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens
ISBN: 978-1137534903

Lady Mary Sidney and Her Siblings (Book Section)
Title: Lady Mary Sidney and Her Siblings
Author: Carole Levin
Author: Catherine Medici
Editor: Margaret P. Hannay
Editor: Michael G. Brennan
Editor: Mary Ellen Lamb
Abstract: Few families have contributed as much to English history and literature-indeed, to the arts generally-as the Sidney family. This two-volume Ashgate Research Companion assesses the current state of scholarship on family members and their impact, as historical and literary figures, in the period 1500-1700. Volume 1: Lives, begins with an overview of the Sidneys and politics, providing some links to court events, entertainments, literature, and patronage. The volume gives biographies to prominent high-profile Sidney women and men, as well as sections assessing the influence of the family in the areas of the English court, international politics, patronage, religion, public entertainment, the visual arts, and music. The focus of the second volume is the literary contributions of Sir Philip Sidney; Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke; Lady Mary Wroth; Robert Sidney, Earl of Leicester; and William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke.
Year: 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Book Title: Ashgate Research Companion to the Sidneys (1500-1700): Volume 1: Lives
ISBN: 9781409450382

Elizabeth I’s Last Decades: The 1580s and 1590s (Blog Post)
Title: Elizabeth I’s Last Decades: The 1580s and 1590s
Author: Carole Levin
Abstract: The Three Ladies in London in Context project aims to enrich early English theatre studies by introducing the work of the UK-based Performance as Research movement into the frameworks that dominate North American research and teaching. Robert Wilson’s popular comedy, The Three Ladies of London, 1584, revised in 1592, is our touchstone. Shakespeare’s Henry the Sixth, Part 1, performed in 1592, is our comparison case.
Date: 06/23/2015
Primary URL: http://threeladiesoflondon.mcmaster.ca/
Blog Title: The Three Ladies of London in Context

The Wentworth and the Holles Families: Dreaming About the Living and Dead (Article)
Title: The Wentworth and the Holles Families: Dreaming About the Living and Dead
Author: Carole Levin
Abstract: No abstract.
Year: 2009
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Explorations in Renaissance Culture
Publisher: Brill

Elizabeth’s Ghost: The afterlife of the Queen in Stuart England (Article)
Title: Elizabeth’s Ghost: The afterlife of the Queen in Stuart England
Author: Carole Levin
Abstract: Toward the end of James I’s reign in John Reynolds’ 1624 pamphlet, Vox Coeli, or News from Heaven, Queen Elizabeth I discusses England’s contemporary events with her father, her siblings, Anne of Denmark and Prince Henry. The heavenly Elizabeth supported a strong and militaristic England and was critical of the current king. In the latter part of the seventeenth century Elizabeth was presented as a Protestant heroine in contrast to the Catholic James, Duke of York, later James II. But there was one Stuart successor who was connected positively to Elizabeth. In 1706 in the reign of the last Stuart monarch Elizabeth made another appearance in “Queen Elizabeths Ghost: or A Dream.” Unlike the earlier Elizabeth who stated that James was not a worthy successor, this Elizabeth praised Queen Anne as her worthy successor. This paper examines a range of sources to further understand the impact Elizabeth I’s afterlife had in the century after her death both in terms of politics and religion, and the perceptions of powerful women.
Year: 2014
Primary URL: http://www.rsj.winchester.ac.uk/index.php/rsj/article/view/8/19
Access Model: open access
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Royal Studies Journal
Publisher: Winchester University Press

The Itinerarium and Sixteenth Century English Queenship (Book Section)
Title: The Itinerarium and Sixteenth Century English Queenship
Author: Carole Levin
Editor: Charles Beem
Editor: Dennis Moore
Abstract: Itinerarium ad Windsor concerns a central question of the Elizabethan era: Why should a woman be allowed to rule with the same powers as a king? The man who poses this controversial question within Itinerarium is none other than Queen Elizabeth's powerful favorite Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. On hand to provide answers are the statesman and poet Thomas Sackville, Lord Buckhurst, and William Fleetwood antiquary, Recorder of London, and dutiful chronicler of their 1575 conversation. This critical edition of Itinerarium reproduces Fleetwood's text with annotations and a host of interpretive and contextualizing essays from leading scholars. Taken together, they constitute the definitive introduction to this remarkable discussion of regnant queenship, providing a valuable tool for understanding contemporary notions of and underlying fears concerning the efficacy and desirability of female rule in Elizabethan England.
Year: 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Book Title: The Name of a Queen: William Fleetwood's Itinerarium ad Windsor
ISBN: 9781137272027

Women and political power in early modern Europe (Book Section)
Title: Women and political power in early modern Europe
Author: Alicia Meyer
Author: Carole Levin
Editor: Katherine McIver
Editor: Jane Couchman
Editor: Allyson Poska
Abstract: Over the past three decades scholars have transformed the study of women and gender in early modern Europe. This Ashgate Research Companion presents an authoritative review of the current research on women and gender in early modern Europe from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The authors examine women’s lives, ideologies of gender, and the differences between ideology and reality through the recent research across many disciplines, including history, literary studies, art history, musicology, history of science and medicine, and religious studies. The book is intended as a resource for scholars and students of Europe in the early modern period, for those who are just beginning to explore these issues and this time period, as well as for scholars learning about aspects of the field in which they are not yet an expert. The companion offers not only a comprehensive examination of the current research on women in early modern Europe, but will act as a spark for new research in the field.
Year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Book Title: The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe
ISBN: 9781409418177

Parents, Children, and Responses to Death in Dream Structures in Early Modern England (Book Section)
Title: Parents, Children, and Responses to Death in Dream Structures in Early Modern England
Author: Carole Levin
Editor: Naomi J. Miller
Editor: Naomi Yavneh
Abstract: Drawing on art history, literary studies and social history, the essays in this volume explore a range of intersections between gender and constructions of childhood in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries in Italy, England, France and Spain. The essays are grouped around the themes of celebration and loss, education and social training, growing up and growing old. Contributors grapple with ways in which constructions of childhood were inflected by considerations of gender throughout the early modern world. In so doing, they examine representations of children and childhood in a range of sources from the period, from paintings and poetry to legal records and personal correspondence. The volume sheds light on some of the ways in which, in the relations between Renaissance children and their parents and peers, gender mattered. Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood enriches our understanding of individual children and the nature of familial relations in the early modern period, as well as of the relevance of gender to constructions of self and society.
Year: 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Book Title: Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood
ISBN: 978-1409429975

’Mere English’: Why Elizabeth Never Left England (Book Section)
Title: ’Mere English’: Why Elizabeth Never Left England
Author: Carole Levin
Author: Charles Beem
Editor: Charles Beem
Abstract: This edited volume brings together a collection of provocative essays examining a number of different facets of Elizabethan foreign affairs, encompassing England and The British Isles, Europe, and the dynamic civilization of Islam. As an entirely domestic queen who never physically left her realm, Elizabeth I cast an inordinately wide shadow in the world around her. The essays is this volume collectively reveal a queen and her kingdom much more connected and integrated into a much wider world than usually discussed in conventional studies of Elizabethan foreign affairs.
Year: 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Book Title: The Foreign Relations of Elizabeth I
ISBN: 978-0230118553

Dreams and Dreamers (Book Section)
Title: Dreams and Dreamers
Author: Carole Levin
Editor: Michael Hattaway
Abstract: In this revised and greatly expanded edition of the Companion, 80 scholars come together to offer an original and far-reaching assessment of English Renaissance literature and culture.
Year: 2011
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Book Title: A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture
ISBN: 978-1405187626

Elizabeth I as Sister and ‘Loving Kinswoman' (Book Section)
Title: Elizabeth I as Sister and ‘Loving Kinswoman'
Author: Carole Levin
Editor: Anne Cruz
Editor: Mihoko Suzuki
Abstract: This collection brings a transnational perspective to the study of early modern women rulers and female sovereignty, a topic that has until now been examined through the lens of a single nation. Contributors juxtapose rulers from different countries, including well-known sovereigns such as Isabel of Castile and Elizabeth Tudor, as well as other less widely studied figures Isabeau of Bavaria, Jeanne d'Albret, Isabel Clara Eugenia, Juana of Portugal, and Catherine of Brandenburg. Several essays also focus on the representations of foreign rulers such as Catherine de' Medici in England and Elizabeth I in France.
Year: 2009
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Book Title: The Rule of Women in Early Modern Europe
ISBN: 978-0252076169

Lady on Grey on Film (Book Section)
Title: Lady on Grey on Film
Author: Carole Levin
Editor: Susan Doran
Editor: Thomas Freeman
Abstract: Why should films be historically accurate? Why are some monarchs popular subjects in film and others virtually ignored? Leading historians analyze films set in Tudor and Stuart Britain, exploring their historical context and their accuracy. They explore the preoccupations of the filmmakers, the sources they used and each film's reception.
Year: 2009
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Book Title: Tudors and Stuarts on Film

Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast: A Multispecies Impression (Book) [show prizes]
Title: Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast: A Multispecies Impression
Author: Julian Yates
Abstract: In what senses do animals, plants, and minerals “write”? How does their “writing” mark our livesour past, present, and future? Addressing such questions with an exhilarating blend of creative flair and theoretical depth, Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast traces how the lives of, yes, sheep, oranges, gold, and yeast mark the stories of those animals we call “human.” Bringing together often separate conversations in animal studies, plant studies, ecotheory, and biopolitics, Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast crafts scripts for literary and historical study that embrace the fact that we come into being through our relations to other animal, plant, fungal, microbial, viral, mineral, and chemical actors. The book opens and closes in the company of a Shakespearean character talking through his painful encounter with the skin of a lamb (in the form of parchment). This encounter stages a visceral awareness of what Julian Yates names a “multispecies impression,” the way all acts of writing are saturated with the “writing” of other beings. Yates then develops a multimodal reading strategy that traces a series of anthropo-zoo-genetic figures that derive from our comaking with sheep (keyed to the story of biopolitics), oranges (keyed to economy), and yeast (keyed to the notion of foundation or infrastructure). Working with an array of materials (published and archival), across disciplines and historical periods (Classical to postmodern), the book allows sheep, oranges, and yeast to dictate their own chronologies and plot their own stories. What emerges is a methodology that fundamentally alters what it means to read in the twenty-first century.
Year: 2017
Publisher: University Of Minnesota Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978-1517900670

Object-Oriented Environs in Early Modern England (Book)
Title: Object-Oriented Environs in Early Modern England
Author: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
Author: Julian Yates
Abstract: Object Oriented Environs is the lively archive of a critical confluence between the environmental turn so vigorous within early modern studies, and thing theory (object oriented ontology, vibrant materialism, the new materialism and speculative realism). The book unfolds a conversation that attempts to move beyond anthropocentrism and examine nonhumans at every scale, their relations to each other, and the ethics of human enmeshment within an agentic material world. The diverse essays, reflections, images and ephemera collected here offer a laboratory for probing the mystery and potential autonomy of objects, in their alliances and in performance. The book is the trace of an event-space crafted over a day of conversation in two seminars at the Shakespeare Association of America meeting in 2014 in St. Louis and offers its nineteen essays as the end to the work-cycle of the collective we crafted that day. It is a noisy collation, full of bees, bushes, laundry, crutches, lists, poems, plague vectors, planks, chairs, rain, shoes, meat, body parts, books, and assorted humans (living and dead), and also a repertoire of dance steps, ways of configuring the relations between subject and object, actors or actants (human and otherwise). It is also a book that asks readers to ponder their environs, to consider the particularities of their world, of their reading experiences, and to consider what orders of meaning we might be able to derive from attending closely to all the very many things we come into being with. Contributors include: Lizz Angello, Sallie Anglin, Keith M. Botelho, Patricia A. Cahill, Jeffrey Cohen, Drew Daniel, Christine Hoffmann, Neal Klomp, Julia Lupton, Vin Nardizzi, Tara Pedersen, Tripthi Pillai, Karen Raber, Pauline Reid, Emily Rendek, Lindsey Row-Heyveld, Debapriya Sarkar, Rob Wakeman, Jennifer Waldron, Luke Wilson, and Julian Yates.
Year: 2016
Publisher: Punctum Books
Type: Edited Volume
ISBN: 978-0692642030

What’s the Worst Thing You Can Do to Shakespeare? (Book)
Title: What’s the Worst Thing You Can Do to Shakespeare?
Author: Julian Yates
Author: Richard Burt
Abstract: What's the worst thing you can do to Shakespeare? The answer is simple: don't read him. To that end, Richard Burt and Julian Yates embark on a project of un/reading the Bard, turning the conventional challenges into a roadmap for textual analysis and a thorough reconsideration of the plays in light of their absorption into global culture.
Year: 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Type: Multi-author monograph
ISBN: 978-1137270498

The Two Books and Adamic Knowledge: Reading the Book of Nature and Early Modern Strategies for Repairing the Effects of the Fall and of Babel. (Book Section)
Title: The Two Books and Adamic Knowledge: Reading the Book of Nature and Early Modern Strategies for Repairing the Effects of the Fall and of Babel.
Author: Jim Bono
Editor: Scott Mandelbrote
Editor: Jitse M. van der Meer
Abstract: The four companion volumes of Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions contribute to a contextual evaluation of the mutual influences between scriptural exegesis and hermeneutics on the one hand and practices or techniques of interpretation in natural philosophy and the natural sciences on the other. We seek to raise the low profile this theme has had both in the history of science and in the history of biblical interpretation. Furthermore, questions about the interpretation of scripture continue to be provoked by current theological reflection on scientific theories. We also seek to provide a historical context for renewed reflection on the role of the hermeneutics of scripture in the development of theological doctrines that interact with the natural sciences. Contributors are Peter Barker, Paul M. Blowers, James J. Bono, Pamela Bright, William E. Carroll, Kathleen M. Crowther, Maurice A. Finocchiaro, Carlos Fraenkel, Miguel A. Granada, Peter Harrison, Kenneth J. Howell, Eric Jorink, Kerry V. Magruder, Scott Mandelbrote, Charlotte Methuen, Robert Morrison, Richard J. Oosterhoff, Volker R. Remmert, T. M. Rudavsky, Stephen D. Snobelen, Jitse M. van der Meer, and Rienk H. Vermij.
Year: 2008
Publisher: Brill
Book Title: Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions: Up to 1700
ISBN: 9789004171916

Paratexts in English Printed Drama to 1642 (Book)
Title: Paratexts in English Printed Drama to 1642
Editor: Thomas L. Berger
Editor: Sonia Massai
Abstract: The paratexts in early modern English playbooks - the materials to be found primarily in their preliminary pages and end matter - provide a rich source of information for scholars interested in Shakespeare, Renaissance drama and the history of the book. In addition, these materials offer valuable insights into the rise of dramatic authorship in print, early modern attitudes towards theatre, notorious literary wrangles, and the production of drama both on the stage and in the printing house. This unique two-volume reference is the first to include all paratextual materials in early modern English playbooks, from the emergence of print drama to the closure of the theatres in 1642. The texts have been transcribed from their original versions and presented in old-spelling. With an introduction, user's guide, multiple indices and a finding list, the editors provide a comprehensive overview of seminal texts which have never before been fully transcribed, annotated and cross-referenced.
Year: 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Type: Edited Volume
ISBN: 978-0521851848

Time, Verisimilitude, and the Counter-Classical Ovid (Book Section)
Title: Time, Verisimilitude, and the Counter-Classical Ovid
Author: Heather James
Editor: Dympna Callaghan
Editor: Suzanne Gossett
Abstract: This volume marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death by reflecting on the unrivalled work of the Shakespeare Association of America and offering a unique collection of leading Shakespeare scholars outlining key developments in Shakespeare studies over the last two decades. These essays are complemented by younger scholars who respond and look forward to new fields of study and debate. As such the book offers a "state of the nation" look at Shakespeare criticism, covering all the key areas of research and study including gender, text, performance, the body, history, religion and biography. This is a must-read, comprehensive introduction to the key critical ideas surrounding Shakespeare's work and a stimulating exploration of where Shakespeare studies will go next.
Year: 2016
Publisher: Arden Publishing and the SAA
Book Title: Shakespeare in Our Time: A Shakespeare Association of America Collection
ISBN: 9781472520418

Classical Genres: Epic, Tragedy, Comedy Satire (Book Section)
Title: Classical Genres: Epic, Tragedy, Comedy Satire
Author: Heather James
Editor: Bruce R. Smith
Abstract: "The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare aims to replicate the expansive reach of Shakespeare's global reputation. In pursuit of that vision, this work is transhistorical, international, and interdisciplinary. "Shakespeare's World," volume one of the two volume set, maps out the physical, social, and imaginative world that Shakespeare and his contemporaries inhabited. Fourteen sections cover such fields as varied as the theatre business, science and technology, popular culture, and medicine. For each of the volume's broad subject areas, an overview article is followed by a series of shorter essays taking up particular aspects of the subject at hand. Richly illustrated with more than three hundred images, this book brings the world, life, and afterlife of Shakespeare to readers, from nonacademic Shakespeare fans and students to theater professionals and Shakespeare scholars"
Year: 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Book Title: The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare
ISBN: 9781107057258

The Problem of Poetry in The Faerie Queene, Book V (Article)
Title: The Problem of Poetry in The Faerie Queene, Book V
Author: Heather James
Abstract: This essay is a preliminary attempt to come to grips with a subtle but deep problem in the poetry of The Faerie Queene, Book V that is both linked to and overshadowed by the concerns of history, ideology, and politics that permeate Spenser’s Legend of Justice as a narrative uneasily situated between Faerylond and the contemporary environs of France, the Netherlands, and Ireland. In Book V, Spenser hones in on a feature of poetry that pervades The Faerie Queene and generally works to illuminate and expand the imaginative prospects of the poem: this is the art of comparison, which comprehends matters great and small in Spenser’s book and in Elizabethan culture. It affects the practice of analogy, which extends across disciplines of knowledge (including mathematics, grammar, and law) to consider matters of proportion, correspondence, resemblance, and reasoning based on parallel cases; the humanist project of imitation based on classical as well as biblical models; and the epic simile, in which comparisons between one thing and another are drawn out in ways that make their prospects of success or failure seem to be co-extensive with the possibilities of poetic interpretation itself. The project of Book V depends heavily on the arts of analogy, imitation, and comparison, but the specific uses of these arts are less successful and persuasive than they are in earlier books of The Faerie Queene.
Year: 2015
Primary URL: http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/spenseronline/review/item/45.1.1/
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: The Spenser Review
Publisher: International Spenser Society

Tales of Robin Hood and Classical Transmission in Shakespeare's England (Article)
Title: Tales of Robin Hood and Classical Transmission in Shakespeare's England
Author: Heather James
Abstract: A review essay.
Year: 2015
Periodical Title: Shakespeare Studies
Publisher: Boston Univeristy

Flower Power (Article)
Title: Flower Power
Author: Heather James
Abstract: In his introduction to The Kindly Flame, Thomas P. Roche makes important remarks about the interplay of moral allegory and narrative in Spenser’s poetry.[1] One of his concerns is the issue of poetic freedom: the poet is free to dare any mode of representation he pleases, even if the narrative chain of events threatens to disconnect from the allegorical sense. The idea of poetic freedom is not so much an argument of Professor Roche’s book as a leitmotif, which creates resonances with some of the finest studies of Spenser—and lively arguments about how to read Spenser—at the height of the New Criticism. I think especially of Paul Alpers and Harry Berger, Jr. (my own teachers), and Isabel MacCaffrey, who were happily in my thoughts alongside of Thomas Roche as I wrote this paper.
Year: 2014
Primary URL: http://www.english.cam.ac.uk/spenseronline/review/item/44.2.30
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Spenser Review
Publisher: International Spenser Society

Ben Jonson’s Light Reading (Book Section)
Title: Ben Jonson’s Light Reading
Author: Heather James
Editor: John F. Miller
Editor: Carole E. Newlands
Abstract: A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid presents more than 30 original essays written by leading scholars revealing the rich diversity of critical engagement with Ovid’s poetry that spans the Western tradition from antiquity to the present day.
Year: 2014
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Book Title: A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid
ISBN: 978-1-44433967

Shakespeare's Classical Plays (Book Section)
Title: Shakespeare's Classical Plays
Author: Heather James
Editor: Stanley Wells
Editor: Margreta de Grazia
Abstract: Written by a team of leading international scholars, this Companion is designed to illuminate Shakespeare's works through discussion of the key topics of Shakespeare studies. Twenty-one essays provide lively and authoritative approaches to recent scholarship and criticism for readers keen to expand their knowledge and appreciation of Shakespeare. The book contains stimulating chapters on traditional topics such as Shakespeare's biography and the transmission of his texts. Individual readings of the plays are given in the context of genre as well as through the cultural and historical perspectives of race, sexuality and gender, and politics and religion. Essays on performance survey the latest digital media as well as stage and film. Throughout the volume, contributors discuss Shakespeare in a global as well as a national context, a dramatist with a long and constantly mutating history of reception and performance.
Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Book Title: The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare
ISBN: 9781139002868

Coriolanus: A Modern Perspective (Book Section)
Title: Coriolanus: A Modern Perspective
Author: William Shakespeare
Author: Heather James
Editor: Barbara A. Mowat
Editor: Paul Werstine
Abstract: Set in the earliest days of the Roman Republic, Coriolanus begins with the common people, or plebeians, in armed revolt against the patricians. The people win the right to be represented by tribunes. Meanwhile, there are foreign enemies near the gates of Rome.
Year: 2009
Publisher: Folger Shakespeare Library
Book Title: Coriolanus (Folger Shakespeare Library)

Ovid in Renaissance English Literature (Book Section)
Title: Ovid in Renaissance English Literature
Author: Heather James
Editor: Peter E. Knox
Abstract: A Companion to Ovid is a comprehensive overview of one of the most influential poets of classical antiquity.
Year: 2009
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Book Title: A Companion to Ovid
ISBN: 978-1405141833

Shakespeare and Classicism (Book Section)
Title: Shakespeare and Classicism
Author: Heather James
Editor: Patrick Cheney
Abstract: This Companion provides a full introduction to the poetry of William Shakespeare through discussion of his freestanding narrative poems, the Sonnets, and his plays. Fourteen leading international scholars provide accessible and authoritative chapters on all relevant topics: from Shakespeare's seminal role in the development of English poetry, the wide-ranging practice of his poetic form, and his enigmatic place in print and manuscript culture, to his immersion in English Renaissance politics, religion, classicism, and gender dynamics. With individual chapters on Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, The Passionate Pilgrim, 'The Phoenix and the Turtle', the Sonnets, and A Lover's Complaint, the Companion also includes chapters on the presence of poetry in the dramatic works, on the relation between poetry and performance, and on the reception and influence of the poems. The volume includes a chronology of Shakespeare's life, a note on reference works, and a reading list for each chapter.
Year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Book Title: The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's Poetry
ISBN: 9781139001274

The Politics of Space: European Courts (Book Section)
Title: The Politics of Space: European Courts
Author: Malcom Smuts
Author: Fantoni Marcello
Author: Gorse George
Abstract: PART I. COURTS, SPACE, AND PATRONAGE Chapter 1. “The City of the Prince: Space and Power” Marcello Fantoni (University of Teramo) Chapter 2. “Palace, City, Dominions: The Spatial Dimension of Habsburg Rule” Jeroen Duindam (University of Groningen) Chapter 3. “Terrestrial and Celestial Spaces of the Danish Court, 1550-1650” John Robert Christianson (Luther College, Iowa) PART II COURTS AND URBAN SPACE Chapter 4. “A Forum for the Court of Philip IV: Architecture and Space in Seventeenth-Century Madrid” Jesús Escobar (Northwestern University) Chapter 5. “Fashioning a Capital: The Politics of Urban Space in Early Modern Turin” John Beldon Scott (University of Iowa) Chapter 6. “Commemorating the Conquest: Local Politics and Festival Statecraft in Early Colonial Mexico City” Linda A. Curcio-Nagy (University of Nevada, Reno) PART III COURTS, RECEPTION, AND DIPLOMACY Chapter 7. “The King’s Space: The Etiquette of Interviews at the French Court in the Sixteenth Century” Monique Chatenet (Centre André Chastel, Paris) Chapter 8. “Many Courts, Many Spaces” Patricia Waddy (Syracuse University, New York) Chapter 9. “Otium cum negotium: Villa Life at the Court of Paul V Borghese” Tracy Ehrlich (Independent Scholar, New York) PART IV GENDER, RELIGION AND POWER Chapter 10. “A New Place for Queens in Early Modern France” Nicola Courtright (Amherst College, Massachusetts) Chapter 11. “The Politics of Court Space in Early Stuart London” Simon Thurley (English Heritage) Chapter 12. “The Somerset House Chapel and the Topography of London Catholicism” Caroline M. Hibbard (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) Chapter 13. “Charles II: Buildings, Politics and Power” Ann Keay (English Heritage) Chapter 14. “Privacy, Family, and Devotion at the Court of Philip II” Magdalena S. Sánchez (Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania)
Year: 2008
Publisher: Bulzoni Editore
ISBN: 978-887870419

The Whole Royal and Magnificent Entertainment of King James through the City of London, 15 March 1604, with the Arches of Triumph (Book Section)
Title: The Whole Royal and Magnificent Entertainment of King James through the City of London, 15 March 1604, with the Arches of Triumph
Author: Malcolm Smuts
Editor: John Lavagnino
Editor: Gary Taylor
Abstract: Thomas Middleton (1580-1627) - 'our other Shakespeare' - is the only other Renaissance playwright who created lasting masterpieces of both comedy and tragedy; he also wrote the greatest box-office hit of early modern London (the unique history play A Game at Chess ). His range extends beyond these traditional genres to tragicomedies, masques, pageants, pamphlets, epigrams, and Biblical and political commentaries, written alone or in collaboration with Shakespeare, Webster, Dekker, Ford, Heywood, Rowley, and others. Compared by critics to Aristophanes and Ibsen, Racine and Joe Orton, he has influenced writers as diverse as Aphra Behn and T. S. Eliot. Though repeatedly censored in his own time, he has since come to be particularly admired for his representations of the intertwined pursuits of sex, money, power, and God. The Collected Works brings together for the first time in a single volume all the works currently attributed to Middleton. It is the first edition of Middleton's works since 1886. The texts are printed in modern spelling and punctuation, with critical introductions and foot-of-the-page commentaries; they are arranged in chronological order, with a special section of Juvenilia. The volume is introduced by essays on Middleton's life and reputation, on early modern London, and on the varied theatres of the English Renaissance. Extensively illustrated, it incorporates much new information on Middleton's life, canon, texts, and contexts. A self-consciously 'federal edition', The Collected Works applies contemporary theories about the nature of literature and the history of the book to editorial practice.
Year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Book Title: Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works
ISBN: 978-019958053

Religion, European Politics and Henrietta Maria's Circle (Book Section)
Title: Religion, European Politics and Henrietta Maria's Circle
Author: Malcolm Smuts
Editor: Erin Griffey
Abstract: Compiled by art historians, literary scholars, musicologists, and historians, this essay collection is an innovative and interdisciplinary study of Queen Henrietta Maria and her multi-faceted roles and responsibilities. Elements of the queen's popular biography - her European identity and devout Catholic faith - are only a part of the backdrop against which Henrietta Maria is re-considered. Drawing on the expertise of an international group of scholars from different disciplines, these essays explore and shed new light on the Queen's various roles: a patron of performing and visual arts with taste and influence comparable to her husband's, her salient political position between the French and English courts, and her political sentiments at the outbreak of the English Civil War. Through cutting-edge archival research that includes investigations into household accounts and personal correspondence, this collection ultimately presents a new assessment of female power and influence at the early modern court. What becomes strikingly evident is that Henrietta Maria had a distinct and profound influence on material and political culture that deserves the attention of art history, literature, theatre, and musicology scholars.
Year: 2008
Publisher: Ashgate
Book Title: Henrietta Maria: Piety, Politics and Patronage (Women and Gender in the Early Modern World)
ISBN: 978-0754664208

Banquo's Progeny: Hereditary Monarchy, the Stuart Lineage and Macbeth (Book Section)
Title: Banquo's Progeny: Hereditary Monarchy, the Stuart Lineage and Macbeth
Author: Malcolm Smuts
Editor: Ann Lake
Editor: James Dutcher
Abstract: This collection of various approaches to early modern England offers readers such pleasures as the most complete bibliography to date of King James’s poetry, a unique edition of a memoir by the son of Sir Martin Barnham, as well as new arguments about Skelton, More, Elyot, Marguerite de Navarre, Sidney, Spenser, Daniel, Shakespeare (The Comedy of Errors), the Henriad, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, Mary Wroth, Isabella Whitney, and Marvell. Here too are new approaches to such topics as the royal succession, Shakespeare’s “bad” quartos, romance, witches, politics, humanism, English and Irish identity, and “conversations about women,” finishing with an essay about. . .”nothing.” As Arthur Kinney has wryly noted, “no text is innocent,” and in this volume many texts are made to confess who and what they are.
Year: 2008
Publisher: University Of Delaware Press
Book Title: Renaissance Historicisms: Essays in Honor of Arthur F. Kinney
ISBN: 978-1611490732

The court and the emergence of a Royalist party (Book Section)
Title: The court and the emergence of a Royalist party
Author: Malcolm Smuts
Editor: David Smith
Editor: Jason McElligott
Abstract: Much ink has been spent on accounts of the English Civil Wars of the mid-seventeenth century, yet royalism has been largely neglected. This volume of essays by leading scholars in the field seeks to fill that significant gap in our understanding by focusing on those who took up arms for the king. The royalists described were not reactionary, absolutist extremists but pragmatic, moderate men who were not so different in temperament or background from the vast majority of those who decided to side with, or were forced by circumstances to side with, Parliament and its army. The essays force us to think beyond the simplistic dichotomy between royalist 'absolutists' and 'constitutionalists' and suggest instead that allegiances were much more fluid and contingent than has hitherto been recognized. This is a major contribution to the political and intellectual history of the Civil Wars and of early modern England more generally.
Year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Book Title: Royalists and Royalism during the English Civil Wars

The Tempest (Book)
Title: The Tempest
Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: Peter Hulme
Editor: William Sherman
Abstract: The Tempest presents some of Shakespeare’s most insightful meditations on the cycle of life—ending and beginning, death and regeneration, bondage and freedom. This Norton Critical Edition is based on the First Folio text and is accompanied by explanatory annotations. “Sources and Contexts” offers a rich collection of documents on the play’s central themes—magic and witchcraft, politics and religion, geography and travel. Writers include Ovid, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Gabriel Naudé, Michel de Montaigne, and William Strachey. “Criticism” collects eighteen responses to The Tempest, from John Dryden and Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Stephen Orgel and Leah Marcus. “Rewritings and Appropriations” includes creative reactions to The Tempest, by playwrights, filmmakers, and poets, among them H.D., Peter Greenaway, and Ted Hughes. A Selected Bibliography is also included.
Year: 2015
Publisher: W.W. Norton
Type: Edited Volume

Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England (Book)
Title: Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England
Author: William Sherman
Abstract: In a recent sale catalog, one bookseller apologized for the condition of a sixteenth-century volume as "rather soiled by use." When the book was displayed the next year, the exhibition catalogue described it as "well and piously used [with] marginal notations in an Elizabethan hand [that] bring to life an early and earnest owner"; and the book's buyer, for his part, considered it to be "enlivened by the marginal notes and comments." For this collector, as for an increasing number of cultural historians and historians of the book, a marked-up copy was more interesting than one in pristine condition. William H. Sherman recovers a culture that took the phrase "mark my words" quite literally. Books from the first two centuries of printing are full of marginalia and other signs of engagement and use, such as customized bindings, traces of food and drink, penmanship exercises, and doodles. These marks offer a vast archive of information about the lives of books and their place in the lives of their readers. Based on a survey of thousands of early printed books, Used Books describes what readers wrote in and around their books and what we can learn from these marks by using the tools of archaeologists as well as historians and literary critics. The chapters address the place of book-marking in schools and churches, the use of the "manicule" (the ubiquitous hand-with-pointing-finger symbol), the role played by women in information management, the extraordinary commonplace book used for nearly sixty years by Renaissance England's greatest lawyer-statesman, and the attitudes toward annotated books among collectors and librarians from the Middle Ages to the present. This wide-ranging, learned, and often surprising book will make the marks of Renaissance readers more visible and legible to scholars, collectors, and bibliophiles.
Year: 2007
Publisher: University Of Pennsylvania Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978-0812240436

The Ovidian Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Boy Actors: Q2 Juliet (Book Section)
Title: The Ovidian Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Boy Actors: Q2 Juliet
Author: Heather James
Editor: Emma Smith
Editor: Peter Holland
Abstract: Shakespeare and Rome
Year: 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Book Title: Shakespeare Survey
ISBN: 9781316670408

The First English Printed Commonplace Books and the Rise of the Common Reader (Book Section)
Title: The First English Printed Commonplace Books and the Rise of the Common Reader
Author: Heather James
Editor: Allison K. Deutermann
Editor: András Kiséry
Abstract: How do the formal properties of early modern texts, together with the materials that envelop and shape them, relate to the cultural, political, and social world of their production? Formal matters: Reading the materials of English Renaissance literature answers this question by linking formalist analysis with the insights of book history. It thus represents the new English Renaissance literary historiography tying literary composition to the materials and material practices of writing. The book combines studies of familiar and lesser known texts, from the poems and plays of Shakespeare to jests and printed commonplace books. Its ten studies make important, original contributions to research on the genres of early modern literature, focusing on the involvement of literary forms in the scribal and print cultures of compilation, continuation, translation, and correspondence, as well as in matters of political republicanism and popular piety, among others. Taken together, the collection's essays by Heather James, Matthew Zarnowiecki, Adam Smyth, Jeffrey Todd Knight, Tanya Pollard, Henry S. Turner, Alan Stewart, Amanda Bailey, Peter Lake, Shankar Raman, and an afterword by David Scott Kastan, exemplify how an attention to form and matter can historicise writing without abandoning a literary focus.
Year: 2013
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Book Title: Formal Matters: Reading the Materials of English Renaissance Literature
ISBN: 978-0719085536

Coming of Age in Shakespeare (Book Section)
Title: Coming of Age in Shakespeare
Author: Heather James
Abstract: Coming of age has been one of the great themes of literature for over two thousand years. From the maturation of Telemachus in The Odyssey to the stunted adolescence of Holden Caufield in The Catcher in the Rye, it has spanned eras, countries, and cultures. It is the theme of every young person's life, and adolescence a time many adults look back on as one of the most formative periods of their lives. Edited by Kent Baxter, Associate Professor of English at California State University, Northridge, this volume in the Critical Insights series presents a variety of new essays on the perennial theme. For readers who are studying it for the first time, a four essays survey the critical conversation regarding the theme, explore its cultural and historical contexts, and offer close and comparative readings of key texts in the genre. Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the theme can then move on to other essays that explore it in depth through a variety of critical approaches. Works discussed include Romeo and Juliet; Little Women; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; …and the earth did not devour him; Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian; Jane Eyre; The Catcher in the Rye; and The Odyssesy. Among the contributors are Vincent Cheng, Gregory Eiselein, Jane Hedley, Heather James, and Steven Mintz.
Year: 2012
Publisher: Salem Press
Book Title: Coming of Age in Shakespeare

Shakespeare, the Classics, and the Forms of Authorship (Article)
Title: Shakespeare, the Classics, and the Forms of Authorship
Author: Heather James
Abstract: THE PRESENT FORUM aims to explore the author's return to Shakespeare studies and, as I take it, the question of whether such a critical turn represents a step forward or backward. I wish to approach the issue from the perspective of the classics, with the aim of historicizing some functions of authorial returns in Shakespeare's day and in criticism since the rise of the New Historicism. Shakespeare's contemporaries thought of authors chiefly in terms of classical writers, and they regularly called on "authorities" such as Vergil, Horace, and Ovid, or Cicero, Seneca, and Tacitus, to advance their own projects. Yet they did not forge the positivistic link between the classics and the idea of the author that shows up in modern criticism. They recalled classical texts through a variety of modes, not all of which produced the heightened sense of authorial presence, even aura, associated with the most privileged mode of classical transmission, namely, imitation or sustained allusion. The various rhetorical forms in which Renaissance writers recalled the classics in fact suggest multiple and incongruent models of authority, authorship, and agency; and this diversity of forms may productively complicate what it means to say that the author has returned to Shakespeare studies.
Year: 2008
Periodical Title: Shakespeare Studies
Publisher: Associated University Presses

The Department of Hybrid Books: Thomas Milles Between Manuscript and Print (Article)
Title: The Department of Hybrid Books: Thomas Milles Between Manuscript and Print
Author: William Sherman
Author: Heather Wolfe
Abstract: It is now a commonplace that texts were malleable in early modern England regardless of their manuscript or print origins; but the publications of Thomas Milles strain these categories—and the vocabularies used to describe them—to the breaking point. Between 1599 and 1617, Milles published more than a dozen books outlining his schemes for fiscal reform, becoming one of Renaissance England's most prolific writers on economics. But virtually every surviving copy of every published text was customized after it left the press: Milles used manuscript marginalia and a bewildering array of printed slips (cut from larger sheets, pasted into place, and often modified by hand) to direct his works to specific readers and continue developing his arguments after they had been published. Milles provides our most elaborate example to date of an early modern author whose books are best described as multimedia hybrids.
Year: 2015
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern

Punctuation as Configuration: Or, How Many Sentences Are There in Sonnet 1? (Article)
Title: Punctuation as Configuration: Or, How Many Sentences Are There in Sonnet 1?
Author: William Sherman
Abstract: Shakespeare's Sonnets, produced in the last great age of manuscript circulation, have long enjoyed a special relationship with the printing press. In academic debates about Shakespeare as author for page versus stage, the poems have often served to suggest that he was not averse to playing the part of the literateur or to seeing his texts in print. And in the modern Fine or Private Press movement, the Sonnets have become what Andrew Hoyem (of San Francisco's Arion Press) describes as "the ultimate 'chestnut' of pressbooks," bringing together the most beautiful poems in the English language with the finest in typographic style. In 1997, Hoyem overcame his reluctance "to add yet another volume to the sagging shelf of Shakespeare's poems in this form" and produced an exquisite edition, prepared by Helen Vendler, printed in newly cast type, and bound in red leather and floral brocade.
Year: 2013
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Early Modern Literary Studies

How to Make Anything Signify Anything--Spanish translation (Article)
Title: How to Make Anything Signify Anything--Spanish translation
Author: William Sherman
Abstract: No abstract.
Year: 2012
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Revista de occidente

Of Anagrammtology. (Article)
Title: Of Anagrammtology.
Author: William Sherman
Abstract: No abstract.
Year: 2009
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: English Language Notes

Patents and Prisons: Simon Sturtevant and the Death of the Renaissance Inventor (Article)
Title: Patents and Prisons: Simon Sturtevant and the Death of the Renaissance Inventor
Author: William Sherman
Abstract: This essay reconstructs the rise and fall of an English inventor named Simon Sturtevant (ca. 1570–1624?). Almost unknown today, he wrote ingenious works on everything from lexicography to military technology and secured patents in the fields of hydraulic engineering, metallurgy, and book production. Like many other speculators, he ended up in debtors' prison: his fate is a painful reminder of the epidemic of debt that swept through Elizabethan and Jacobean London, and he has much to teach us about those who made their livings—and sometimes lost their lives—during what Defoe would later call the first Age of Projects.
Year: 2009
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Huntington Library Quarterly

Shakespearean Configurations (Article)
Title: Shakespearean Configurations
Author: William Sherman
Abstract: Edited by Sherman, W, S. Sillars, & J.C. Mayer
Year: 2013
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Early Modern Literary Studies

Digging the Dust: Renaissance Archivology (Book Section)
Title: Digging the Dust: Renaissance Archivology
Author: William Sherman
Editor: Leonard Barkan
Editor: Bradin Cormack
Editor: Sean Keilen
Abstract: My essay takes the form of a general meditation on what is at stake in the work in and on “the archives” that has reshaped and revitalized the interdisciplinary study of texts and cultures over the last few decades. This is neither the time nor the place to attempt an overview of, or even an introduction to, the Renaissance period’s own archives: much more work — by a team of scholars — would be needed to survey the political, architectural, and intellectual developments that led to the creation of new documentary collections in Renaissance homes, cities, and states, along with an increasingly sophisticated sense of the disciplines that we now call library science and information management (and I would put this high on my list of the great collaborative projects that remain to be done for the Renaissance period). Rather, I will look at some of the materials and metaphors that frame our work in archives and, in particular, urge us to think more deeply about the peculiar place of dust. As we shall see, this small but significant substance brings into focus a number of questions about our relationship to the past — questions that have become more pressing and more interesting with the advent of digital technology.
Year: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Book Title: The Forms of Renaissance Thought: New Essays in Literature and Culture

Shakespearean Somniloquy: Sleep and Transformation in The Tempest (Book Section)
Title: Shakespearean Somniloquy: Sleep and Transformation in The Tempest
Author: William Sherman
Editor: Margaret Healy
Editor: Thomas Healy
Abstract: Renaissance Transformations: The Making of English Writing 1500-1650 asserts the centrality of historical understanding in shaping critical vision. This collection of distinctive new essays explores the dynamic cultural, intellectual and social processes that moulded literary writing in the Renaissance. Acutely attentive to the complexities that we confront in our attempts to understand the past, this book explores important relations among literary form, material and imaginative culture which compel our attention in the twenty-first century. Addressing three crucial areas at the forefront of current academic inquiry - 'Making Writing: Form, Rhetoric and Print Culture', 'Shaping Communities: Textual Spaces, Mapping History' and 'Embodying Change: Psychic and Somatic Performances' - this innovative, timely volume is of fundamental importance to all those who study and teach Renaissance literature, history and culture.
Year: 2009
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Book Title: Renaissance Transformations: The Making of English Writing, 1500-1650

Biblioteca Palafoxiana (Book Section)
Title: Biblioteca Palafoxiana
Author: William Sherman
Editor: Michael Suarez
Editor: H. R. Woudhuysen
Abstract: The Oxford Companion to the Book is the first reference work of its kind covering the broad concept of the book throughout the world from ancient to modern times. Along with such subjects as bibliography, the history of printing, editorial theory and practice, and textual criticism, it also engages with newer disciplines such as the history of the book and the electronic book. Additionally, the companion provides an engaging analysis of how books and societies have shaped one another. Written by the world's top scholars in bibliography and book history, the companion is an authoritative and highly informative work of reference for an international readership across a vast range of disciplines.
Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Book Title: The Oxford Companion to the Book

The Beginning of 'The End': Terminal Paratext and the Birth of Print Culture (Book Section)
Title: The Beginning of 'The End': Terminal Paratext and the Birth of Print Culture
Author: William Sherman
Editor: Helen Smith
Editor: Louise Wilson
Abstract: In his 1987 work Paratexts, the theorist Gérard Genette established physical form as crucial to the production of meaning. Here, experts in early modern book history, materiality and rhetorical culture present a series of compelling explorations of the architecture of early modern books. The essays challenge and extend Genette's taxonomy, exploring the paratext as both a material and a conceptual category. Renaissance Paratexts takes a fresh look at neglected sites, from imprints to endings, and from running titles to printers' flowers. Contributors' accounts of the making and circulation of books open up questions of the marking of gender, the politics of translation, geographies of the text and the interplay between reading and seeing. As much a history of misreading as of interpretation, the collection provides novel perspectives on the technologies of reading and exposes the complexity of the playful, proliferating and self-aware paratexts of English Renaissance books.
Year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Book Title: Renaissance Paratexts
ISBN: 9780521117395

'Nota Bembe': How Bembo the Elder read his Pliny the Younger (Book Section)
Title: 'Nota Bembe': How Bembo the Elder read his Pliny the Younger
Author: William Sherman
Editor: Howard Burns
Editor: Davide Gasparotto
Editor: Guido Beltramini
Abstract: Il volume raccoglie gli esiti del seminario internazionale Pietro Bembo e le arti, curato dal Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio e promosso dalla Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo nel febbraio 2011, con i contributi di: Barbara Agosti, Alessandro Ballarin, Guido Beltramini, Giulio Bodon, Lina Bolzoni, David Alan Brown, Marco Collareta, Elisa Curti, Massimo Danzi, Caroline Elam, Iain Fenlon, Massimo Firpo, Patricia Fortini Brown, Davide Gasparotto, Silvia Ginzburg, Elena Granuzzo, John Oliver Hand, Michel Hochmann, Rosella Lauber, Sergio Marinelli, Susan Nalezyty, Stefano Pagliaroli, Debra Pincus, Guido Rebecchini, Vittoria Romani, William H. Sherman, Adolfo Tura, Claudio Vela, Lucy Whitaker.
Year: 2013
Book Title: Pietro Bembo e le arti

Inventing the Indigenous: Local Knowledge and Natural History in Early Modern Europe (Book)
Title: Inventing the Indigenous: Local Knowledge and Natural History in Early Modern Europe
Author: Alix Cooper
Abstract: In the wake of expanding commercial voyages, many people in early modern Europe became curious about the plants and minerals around them and began to compile catalogues of them. Drawing on cultural, social and environmental history, as well as the histories of science and medicine, this book argues that, amidst a growing reaction against exotic imports - whether medieval spices like cinnamon or new American arrivals like chocolate and tobacco - learned physicians began to urge their readers to discover their own 'indigenous' natural worlds. In response, compilers of local inventories created numerous ways of itemising nature, from local floras and regional mineralogies to efforts to write the natural histories of entire territories. Tracing the fate of such efforts, the book provides insight into the historical trajectory of such key concepts as indigeneity and local knowledge.
Year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780521124010

Latin Words, Vernacular Worlds: Language, Nature, and the 'Indigenous' in Early Modern Europe (Article)
Title: Latin Words, Vernacular Worlds: Language, Nature, and the 'Indigenous' in Early Modern Europe
Author: Alix Cooper
Abstract: No abstract.
Year: 2007
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine

Picturing Nature: Gender and the Politics of Natural-Historical Description in Eighteenth-Century Gdansk/Danzig (Article)
Title: Picturing Nature: Gender and the Politics of Natural-Historical Description in Eighteenth-Century Gdansk/Danzig
Author: Alix Cooper
Abstract: The concept of ‘description’ has increasingly come under scrutiny in the history of science. This paper explores eighteenth-century debates over description through the case study of a scientific family in Gdansk (the former Danzig). There, on the shores of the Baltic, physician Johann Philipp Breyne took Latin notes on naturalia, while several of his daughters drew and painted vivid representations of them ‘from life’ and one daughter wrote ‘poetical descriptions’ of them. In the Breyne family's work, different forms of description of the natural world were juxtaposed to reveal what might be termed a gendered politics of description.
Year: 2013
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies

Fragen ohne Antworten. Die Suche nach lokalen Informationen in der frühen Aufklärung (Book Section)
Title: Fragen ohne Antworten. Die Suche nach lokalen Informationen in der frühen Aufklärung
Author: Alix Cooper
Editor: Thomas Brandstetter
Editor: Thomas Hübel
Editor: Anton Tantner
Abstract: Ein Alltag ohne digitale Suchmaschinen ist heute nur noch schwer vorstellbar. Dabei lassen sich zahlreiche Einrichtungen, Personen und Techniken ausmachen, die lange vor Google und Co. ähnliche Funktionen übernommen haben – Staatshandbücher und Diener etwa, aber auch Bibliothekskataloge, Fragebögen oder Zeitungskomptoire. Welche strukturellen Ähnlichkeiten gibt es zwischen diesen früheren und den heutigen Suchmaschinen? Welche Utopien knüpften sich an die Suchmaschinen des analogen Zeitalters? Welche Formen von Kontrolle ermöglichten sie? Das Buch widmet sich diesen und weiteren Fragen und liefert damit nicht nur neue Erkenntnisse über die Medien der Vergangenheit, sondern vertieft auch die Analysen der gegenwärtigen medialen Lage.
Year: 2012
Book Title: Vor Google. Eine Mediengeschichte der Suchmaschine im analogen Zeitalter

Homes and Households (Book Section)
Title: Homes and Households
Author: Alix Cooper
Editor: Katharine Park
Editor: Lorraine Daston
Abstract: This volume is a comprehensive account of knowledge of the natural world in Europe, ca. 1500-1700. Often referred to as the Scientific Revolution, this period saw major transformations in fields as diverse as anatomy and astronomy, natural history and mathematics. Articles by leading specialists describe in clear, accessible prose supplemented by extensive bibliographies, how new ideas, discoveries, and institutions shaped the ways in which nature came to be studied, understood, and used.
Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Book Title: Cambridge History of Science, Vol. 3: Early Modern Science

The History of Ghosts in Early Modern Europe: Recent Research and Future Trajectories (Article)
Title: The History of Ghosts in Early Modern Europe: Recent Research and Future Trajectories
Author: Kathryn A. Edwards
Abstract: Although some scholars in the 1970s and 1980s noted the frequent appearance of ghosts in early modern European society, only in the last fifteen years have ghosts received more systematic study and most synthetic works are products of the last five years. Beginning with a definition of “ghost” that considers the early modern context, this article examines ghostly apparitions in a wide variety of fields ranging from the history of crime, drama, and gender to the more expected realms of the history of death and demonology. It also describes how literary scholars have used the concept of the “spectral” or “ghostly” to deconstruct early modern genres and how folklorists have continued their traditional classifications of ghost stories and moved into interpretation of ghosts' generic and psychological roots. Following an analysis of the ghost’s role in modern understandings of demonology and witchcraft, this article concludes by arguing for the need to integrate manuscript, archival, and print material on ghosts and to attempt transnational and transconfessional analysis of European beliefs about apparitions.
Year: 2012
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: History Compass

Historians without Borders: Localism, Regionalism, and our Wilhelmine Profession (Article)
Title: Historians without Borders: Localism, Regionalism, and our Wilhelmine Profession
Author: Kathryn A. Edwards
Abstract: This article presents discussion of the trends within the discipline of history since the 1970s and offers predictions regarding potential shifts in the near future. Particular discussion is offered noting the central role of localism within the methodology of historians and questions are raised regarding its legitimacy. It is suggested that in the future history will broaden its scope to be less regional and more inclusive of larger social movements and issues. Additional theories are offered suggesting that the trends in commercialized management of higher education will also drastically change the study of history.
Year: 2009
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: The Sixteenth Century Journal

Witchcraft in Tudor England and Scotland (Book Section)
Title: Witchcraft in Tudor England and Scotland
Author: Kathryn A. Edwards
Editor: Kent Cartwright
Abstract: A Companion to Tudor Literature presents a collection of thirty-one newly commissioned essays focusing on English literature and culture from the reign of Henry VII in 1485 to the death of Elizabeth I in 1603.
Year: 2010
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Book Title: A Companion to Tudor Literature and Culture

Popular Religion in Early Modern Europe (Book Section)
Title: Popular Religion in Early Modern Europe
Author: Kathryn A. Edwards
Editor: David Whitford
Abstract: Continuing the tradition of historiographic studies, this volume provides an update on research in Reformation and early modern Europe. Written by expert scholars in the field, these eighteen essays explore the fundamental points of Reformation and early modern history in religious studies, European regional studies, and social and cultural studies. Authors review the present state of research in the field, new trends, key issues scholars are working with, and fundamental works in their subject area, including the wide range of electronic resources now available to researchers.
Year: 2007
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Book Title: Reformation and Early Modern Europe: A Guide to Research

'And Blood Rained from the Sky': Creating a Burgundian Identity after the Fall of Burgundy (Book Section)
Title: 'And Blood Rained from the Sky': Creating a Burgundian Identity after the Fall of Burgundy
Author: Kathryn Edwards
Editor: Christopher Ocker
Abstract: On Valentine's Day 1481 it rained blood in Dijon, capital of the duchy of Burgundy. Especially soaked were the castle, which King Louis XI of France had recently begun, and the Franciscan convent where the town council met. Five weeks later Dijon experienced another bloody rainfall, shocking the residents and defying Louis XI, who scoffed at reports he had received about the first one and prohibited any interpretations of such a portentous event. Ignoring Louis's ban, the heavens continued to pour gore on Dijon. Dijon's gory showers have direct political implications that explain their appeal to Bisontin oligarchs like Ludin and reflect their conception of true Burgundianness. Dijon is immediately identified in Ludin's memoir as the residence of the Burgundian dukes, Mary of Burgundy is its "obvious" ruler, and Dijon is the duchy's "principal city".
Year: 2007
Publisher: Brill
Book Title: Defining and Redefining Early Modern History: Old Paradigms and New Directions

Full and Plain Evidence: Science, Tradition, and Religion (Course or Curricular Materials)
Title: Full and Plain Evidence: Science, Tradition, and Religion
Author: Kathryn A. Edwards
Abstract: AP European History, Thematic Approaches: Curriculum Module
Year: 2010
Audience: K - 12

Leonarde's Ghost: Popular Piety and "The Appearance of a Spirit" in 1628 (Book)
Title: Leonarde's Ghost: Popular Piety and "The Appearance of a Spirit" in 1628
Editor: Susie Speakman Sutch
Editor: Kathryn Edwards
Abstract: For seven weeks in late spring and early summer of 1628, a ghost haunted the modest dwelling of Huguette Roy and her husband in the small city of Dole in the Holy Roman Empire near the French border. Before and after giving birth to her third child, Huguette received visits twice daily from a young woman clothed in white who cleaned her house, eased her pains, and tended her newborn son. Only Huguette could see this apparition, and the haunting aroused curiosity and fear throughout her community. Soon after the spirit departed, a young man from Dole prepared a manuscript in colloquial French to recount Huguette’s experiences, the ghost’s demands, and the event’s orthodoxy. Translators Edwards and Sutch present this primary source in English to allow modern readers to view the spirituality, piety, and daily lives of ordinary people in early modern Europe.
Year: 2008
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Type: Edited Volume
Type: Translation


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