Key Concepts in Renaissance Literature

Key Concepts in Renaissance Literature

Key Concepts in Renaissance Literature

The volume provides readers with a clear introduction to English Renaissance literary texts. Concise but detailed entries are alphabetically arranged, providing a coherent overview of central issues in the study of writings of the Renaissance era. Cross-referencing and suggestions for further reading indicate connections between topics.

Key Concepts in Renaissance Literature

Key Concepts in Renaissance Literature

Key Concepts in Renaissance Literature

The volume provides readers with a clear introduction to English Renaissance literary texts. Concise but detailed entries are alphabetically arranged, providing a coherent overview of central issues in the study of writings of the Renaissance era. Cross-referencing and suggestions for further reading indicate connections between topics.

Key Concepts in Modernist Literature

Key Concepts in Modernist Literature

Key Concepts in Modernist Literature

Introducing the dynamic study of a literary period stretching from 1900 to the Second World War, the book reflects the exciting mix of European avant-garde, writers of the Harlem Renaissance and regional voices within Britain. Three distinct sections explore the major concepts, themes and issues that characterise the literature.

Movement in Renaissance Literature

Movement in Renaissance Literature

Movement in Renaissance Literature

This book investigates how writers and readers of Renaissance literature deployed ‘kinesic intelligence’, a combination of pre-reflective bodily response and reflective interpretation. Through analyses of authors including Petrarch, Rabelais, and Shakespeare, the book explores how embodied cognition, historical context, and literary style interact to generate and shape responses to texts. It suggests that what was reborn in the Renaissance was partly a critical sense of the capacities and complexities of bodily movement. The linguistic ingenuity of humanism set bodies in motion in complex and paradoxical ways. Writers engaged anew with the embodied grounding of language, prompting readers to deploy sensorimotor attunement. Actors shaped their bodies according to kinesic intelligence molded by theatrical experience and skill, provoking audiences to respond to their most subtle movements. An approach grounded in kinesic intelligence enables us to re-examine metaphor, rhetoric, ethics, gender, and violence. The book will appeal to scholars and students of English, French, and Italian Renaissance literature and to researchers in the cognitive humanities, cognitive sciences, and theatre studies.

Natural Law in English Renaissance Literature

Natural Law in English Renaissance Literature

Natural Law in English Renaissance Literature

A wide-ranging study of a concept which underpinned Renaissance literature and continues to absorb contemporary thinkers.

British Identities and English Renaissance Literature

British Identities and English Renaissance Literature

British Identities and English Renaissance Literature

Scholars examine the role of literature in the construction of 'Britishness'.

Reading the Past

Reading the Past

Reading the Past

A collection of nineteen essays old and new on a number of themes - class relations in medieval society, the ethos of cities, the cultural significance of clothes, for example - which are concerned, directly or indirectly, with the political and social dimensions of medieval and renaissance writing.

The Poetic Theology of Love

The Poetic Theology of Love

The Poetic Theology of Love

This book argues that current criticism tends to take the mythology of love either too innocently or too skeptically and therefore distorts the complex roles played by the god of love in longer narrative poems and discursive works of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.