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The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare R. Malcolm Smuts (Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Boston)

The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare By R. Malcolm Smuts (Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Boston)

The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare by R. Malcolm Smuts (Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Boston)


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The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare offers literary scholars a variety of perspectives, insights, and methodologies found in current historical work that inform the study of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare Summary

The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare by R. Malcolm Smuts (Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Boston)

The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare presents a broad sampling of current historical scholarship on the period of Shakespeare's career that will assist and stimulate scholars of his poems and plays. Rather than merely attempting to summarize the historical 'background' to Shakespeare, individual chapters seek to exemplify a wide variety of perspectives and methodologies currently used in historical research on the early modern period that can inform close analysis of literature. Different sections examine political history at both the national and local levels; relationships between intellectual culture and the early modern political imagination; relevant aspects of religious and social history; and facets of the histories of architecture, the visual arts, and music. Topics treated include the emergence of an early modern 'public sphere' and its relationship to drama during Shakespeare's lifetime; the role of historical narratives in shaping the period's views on the workings of politics; attitudes about the role of emotion in social life; cultures of honour and shame and the rituals and literary forms through which they found expression; crime and murder; and visual expressions of ideas of moral disorder and natural monstrosity, in printed images as well as garden architecture.

The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare Reviews

It is impossible to do justice to such a large and varied volume, with so many excellent essays, in a short review. ... while the remit may have been to provide an advanced resource for literature scholars, the volume contains much that will be of interest to historians, theologians, and visual studies scholars. * Natalie Mears, Renaissance Quarterly *
Heavily footnoted, scrupulous, succinct, thoughtful, synthetic but also original- it is a collection I'll return to over and over again in both my research and my teaching. * Henry S. Turner *

About R. Malcolm Smuts (Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Boston)

R. Malcolm Smuts, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Boston, has had a lifelong interest in interdisciplinary scholarship on early modern Britain and Europe. His publications include Court Culture and the Origins of a Royalist Tradition in England (1987); Culture and Power in England 1585-1685 (1998) and several edited collections and articles on aspects of political and cultural history.

Table of Contents

1: R. Malcolm Smuts: Introduction: Reflections on Interdisciplinary FrontiersPart I: Politics 2: Norman Jones: William Cecil Lord Burghley and the Management of Elizabeth's England 3: Paul E. J. Hammer: The Earl of Essex 4: Pauline Croft: Robert Cecil and the Transition from Elizabeth to James I 5: R. Malcolm Smuts: James I and the Consolidation of British Monarchy? 6: D. J. B. Trim: War, Soldiers and High Politics under Elizabeth I 7: Rory Rapple: Shakespeare, the Irish, and Military Culture 8: Glyn Parry: Catholicism and Tyranny in Shakespeare's Warwickshire 9: Dan Beaver: Ancient Liberties, Royal Honour, and the Politics of Commonweal in English Forests, 1558-1625Part II: Intellectual Culture and Political Thought and Imagination 10: Timothy Wilks: Poets, Patronage and the Prince's Court 11: Peter Lake: The Theatre and the 'Post-Reformation Public Sphere' 12: Peter Mack: Rhetorical Training and the Elizabethan Grammar School 13: Daniel Woolf and Jane Wong Yeang Chui: English Vernacular Historical Writing and Holinshed's Chronicles 14: Nicholas Popper: European Historiography in English Political Culture 15: Paulina Kewes: Roman History, Essex, and Late Elizabethan Political Culture 16: Debora Shuger: Other Republicanisms 17: Alexandra Gajda: The Gordian Knot of Policy: Statecraft and the Prudent Prince 18: Curtis Perry: Seneca and English Political Culture 19: Arthur Williamson: David Hume, Richard Verstegan, and the Battle for Britain 20: Brendan Kane and R. Malcolm Smuts: The Politics of Race in England, Scotland, and IrelandPart III: Aspects of Religious Culture 21: Katy Gibbons: English Catholics and the Continent 22: Naomi Tadmor: The Bible in English Culture: The Age of Shakespeare 23: Ethan H. Shagan: Religious Nonconformity and the Quality of Mercy: The Merchant of Venice in Reformation Context 24: Tom Webster: Protestantism and the DevilPart IV: Social Beliefs and Practices 25: Linda Pollock: The Affective Life in Shakespearean England 26: Richard Cust: Chivalry and the English Gentleman 27: Alan Bryson: Elizabethan Verse Libel 28: James Daybell: Gender, Writing Technologies, and Early Modern Epistolary Communications 29: Brian Weiser: The Shamings of Falstaff 30: Susan D. Amussen: Cuckold's Haven: Gender Inversion in Popular Culture 31: K. J. Kesselring: 'Murder's Crimson Badge': Homicide in the Age of Shakespeare 32: Alastair Bellany: Thinking with Poison 33: Paul Griffiths: Criminal London: Fear and Danger in Shakespeare's City 34: Vanessa Harding: Families and Households in Early Modern London, c.1550-1640 35: Christopher Highley: Theatre, Church, and Neighbourhood in Early Modern Blackfriars 36: Roze Hentschell: The Cultural Geography of St Paul's PrecinctPart V: Architecture, Visual Culture, and Music 37: Robert Tittler: Art and Architecture in Provincial England 38: Luke Morgan: Garden Design and Experience in Shakespeare's England 39: Elizabeth Goldring: Art Collecting and Patronage in Shakespeare's England 40: Helen Pierce: Graphic Satire and the Printed Image in Shakespeare's London 41: Ross w. Duffin: Music and the Stage in the Time of Shakespeare Bibliography

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The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare by R. Malcolm Smuts (Professor Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Boston)
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2018-04-05
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