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The Art of English Poesy
George Puttenham
The first modernized and fully annotated edition of Puttenham's 1589 text.



The Aesthetics of Antichrist
From Christian Drama to Christopher Marlowe
John Parker
Exploring works from the Middle Ages to Marlowe, this book argues that Christian drama and ritual performance had reveled in staging the collapse of Christianity into its historical opponents (paganism, heresy), a tradition Marlowe embraced.



Pretty Creatures
Children and Fiction in the English Renaissance
Michael Witmore
Witmore examines the ways in which children, with their proverbial capacity for spontaneous imitation and their imaginative absorption, came to exemplify the virtues and powers of fiction during the English Renaissance.



A Blessed Shore
England and Bohemia from Chaucer to Shakespeare
Alfred Thomas
In The Winter's Tale, Antigonus announces that his ship has washed up on the shores of Bohemia. How and why landlocked Bohemia? Did Shakespeare not know his geography, or is something else at work here? Alfred Thomas answers these questions by...



Frame, Glass, Verse
The Technology of Poetic Invention in the English Renaissance
Rayna Kalas
In a book that draws attention to some of our most familiar and unquestioned habits of thought—from "framing" to "perspective" to "reflection"—Rayna Kalas suggests that metaphors of the poetic imagination were once distinctly material and technical in...



Sung Birds
Music, Nature, and Poetry in the Later Middle Ages
Elizabeth Eva Leach
Is birdsong music? The most frequent answer to this question in the Middle Ages was resoundingly "no." In Sung Birds, Elizabeth Eva Leach traces postmedieval uses of birdsong within Western musical culture. She first explains why such melodious sound...



Medieval Manuscripts in Transition
Tradition and Creative Recycling
In Medieval Manuscripts in Transition, various scholars investigate the ways in which the study of manuscripts can contribute to interpretation or provide insight.



The Tempter's Voice
Language and the Fall in Medieval Literature
Eric Jager
Why was the story of Adam, Eve, and the Serpent so important to medieval literary culture? Eric Jager argues that during the Middle Ages the story of the Fall was incorporated into a comprehensive myth about language. Drawing on a wide range of texts...



The Culture of Cleanliness in Renaissance Italy
Douglas Biow
Concerned about sanitation during a severe bout of plague in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci designed an ideal, clean city. Leonardo was far from alone among his contemporaries in thinking about personal and public hygiene, as Douglas Biow shows in The...



Shakespeare and the Mismeasure of Renaissance Man
Paula Blank
Shakespeare's poems and plays are rich in reference to "measure, number, and weight," which were the key terms of an early modern empirical and quantitative imagination. Shakespeare's investigation of Renaissance measures of reality centers on the...



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