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Reading early modern illustrations
Stephen Orgel

Roman printer Giacomo Mazzocchi published a volume of portraits of famous ancients derived from his own coin collection; the book is discussed in an essay by Sean Keilen, who called it to my attention. 2 Each woodcut is provided with a brief biography by the distinguished historian of Roman antiquities Andrea Fulvio. The book, entitled simply Illustrium Imagines , appeared

in Spectacular Performances
Lyly, euphuism and a history of non-reading (1632–1905)
Andy Kesson

word is used only twice before the Civil War, by Harvey and Blount, with very different meanings, and the first part of this chapter examines these two uses to demonstrate that, from its coining, the word’s meaning was contested. By focusing on the first reprint of a Lyly play in 1744, this chapter then shows how this edition began a tradition of dismissing Lyly because of his

in John Lyly and Early Modern Authorship
Yulia Ryzhik

Montaigne, Rabelais, and the Calvinist leader Theodore Beza, and that he not only probably read the Beehive of the Romish Church , an anti-Catholic Menippean satire by Philip Marnix (translated in 1636) but also knew Marnix personally. One of his letters, in fact, was accompanied by a ‘book of French Satyrs’. 7 As we might put it, he kept up. Like many tradesmen, moreover, if not always to be expected in a poet, Donne can also pun cleverly on Europe’s coins, from Elegy XI: The Bracelet ’s English ‘angels’ to largely hairless French ‘crowns’ that are bald, presumably

in Spenser and Donne
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Andrew Wadoski

. ‘Spenser is important to Africa’, Thiong’o argues, because his works were central to the canon of English national literature. As a student of English in Ibadan, Abiola Irele coined the mellifluous phrase Spenser to Spender to describe the English literature syllabus taught in the overseas colleges of the

in Spenser’s ethics
Steve Sohmer

Feste would have more than one coin: Clo.     Would not a pair of these have bred, sir? Vio.     Yes, being kept together and put to use. Clo.     I would play Lord Pandarus of Phrygia, sir, to bring a Cressida to this Troilus

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind
Steve Sohmer

is that Feste either pocketed the coin or slipped it to his leman = lady friend. ‘Mermidons’ is perhaps a glance at the Mermaid Inn, where Shakespeare and Jonson are said to have taken liquid refreshment of proper kegs, not bottled ale.

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind
Pascale Drouet

banishment’ (1.3.143), his ‘liberal largesse’ (1.4.44), his ‘blank charters’ (48) to extort revenues, his ‘leas[ing] out’ (2.1.59) of the land and, last but not least, his appropriation of John of Gaunt’s ‘plate, coin, revenues and moveables’ (161) show his propensity to abuse his power. As the Duke of York wonders about the limits of allegiance (‘tender duty’), he recapitulates the

in Shakespeare and the denial of territory
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Laetitia Sansonetti
Rémi Vuillemin
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Enrica Zanin

the structure of sonnet sequences, from numerological readings to the hypothesis of the ‘Delian structure’. 19 The notion of sonnet sequence (a phrase coined by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1881 that has no exact equivalent in the French or Italian critical traditions, for instance) remains a core aspect of the way early modern English sonnets are considered – with the effect of maintaining the 1590s as

in The early modern English sonnet
Seamus Heaney, the diseased word-hoard, and the Historian
Nicholas Taylor-Collins

are diseases; Hamlet, too, can be considered diseased, if not the disease itself. Unruliness and disease are two sides of the same coin. And so, when considering Heaney’s turn to the diseased and rotten land, it is essential to remember his turn to Hamlet’s ‘coming to consciousness’, even if it is attended by ‘dithering, blathering’; the latter would now appear as direct

in Shakespeare, memory, and modern Irish literature
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The Jacobean writing of Britain
Christopher Ivic

Commonwealth’. 22 The first map encountered by readers is that of ‘[t]he Kingdome of Great Britaine and Ireland’, or what the accompanying prose material terms ‘[t]he British Ilands’, and includes panoramas of England’s and Scotland’s capital cities. Two coins on the map depict the figures of ‘Britannia’, or Britain (sometimes the British Isles) personified in female form, and ‘Cvnobelin’, or Cunobelinus (Cymbeline), an ancient king of (southern) Britain who maintained peace with Rome and therefore probably compliments James’s pacificist policies. Among the national maps

in The subject of Britain, 1603–25