The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1500-1600

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Arthur F. Kinney
Cambridge University Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 339 pages
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This is the first comprehensive account of English Renaissance literature in the context of the culture which shaped it: the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the tumult of Catholic and Protestant alliances during the Reformation, the age of printing and of New World discovery. In this century courtly literature under Henry VIII moves toward a new, more personal poetry of sentiment, narrative and romance. The development of English prose is seen in the writing of More, Foxe and Hooker and in the evolution of satire and popular culture. Drama moves from the churches to the commercial playhouses with the plays of Kyd, Marlowe and the early careers of Shakespeare and Jonson. The Companion tackles all these subjects in fourteen newly-commissioned essays, written by experts for student readers. A detailed chronology of major literary achievements concludes with a list of authors and their dates.
  

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Contents

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V
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VI
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VIII
64
IX
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XI
104
XII
132
XIV
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XVIII
200
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XXII
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XXIV
265
XXVI
287
XXVIII
310
XXX
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Arthur F. Kinney is Copeland Professor of Literary History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Director of the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies. He is the editor of "Renaissance Drama: An Anthology of Plays and Entertainments" (Blackwell, 1999"), A Companion to Renaissance Drama" (Blackwell, 2002) and of the journal "English Literary Renaissance." His other works include "Elizabethan Backgrounds" (Second Edition, 1994), "Rogues, Vagabonds and Sturdy Beggars" (Second Edition, 1995), "Humanist Poetics" (1986), and "Lies Like Truth: Shakespeare, Macbeth, and the Cultural Moment" (2001).

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