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Confessional conflict and Elizabethan romances
Christina Wald

has shown that ‘abandoned [Catholic] symbols or practices do not simply disappear from the mental landscape’, but can attain a new cultural meaning in secular contexts and in particular in poetry.9 According to Mazzola, ‘Renaissance literature might therefore be approached in terms of a sacred history of lost ideas, and read in terms of sacred signs which were downplayed or even disowned.’10 Such arguments are based on a concept of cultural memory that includes repressed and censored cultural practices. If we understand culture as a palimpsest of memory layers

in Forms of faith
Isabel Karremann

of Time as the prototype for a suitable mode of experiencing and expressing loss. It is ‘his Time-​ruines’ which show to Spenser’s admirers ‘our ruine’ and makes them truly know their sorrow; at the same time, it provides them with the words and images to articulate this grief. Weever’s epigram thus in turn offers us the image of poetry out of ruins as a memorable emblem of Spenser’s Protestant poetics of commemoration and mourning. Notes 1 P. Schwyzer, Archaeologies of English Renaissance Literature (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 73–​4. 2 A

in Forms of faith
Chaucer, Spenser and Luke Shepherd’s ‘New Poet’
Harriet Archer

. 2 C.S. Lewis , Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966 ), 128. 3 Richard Helgerson , Self-Crowned Laureates: Spenser, Jonson, Milton and the Literary System (Berkeley and London: University of California Press, 1983 ), 2. 4 See Judith H. Anderson , Reading the Allegorical Intertext: Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton (New York: Fordham University Press, 2008 ), 155. 5

in Rereading Chaucer and Spenser
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Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great
Andrew Duxfield

overturned at any moment and that in such circumstances it is unwise to invest heavily or take excessive pride in earthly matters. In The Canterbury Tales , the monk follows the Boccaccian model in offering his own much shorter set of tales, detailing the falls of figures from Lucifer to Croesus, but departs from Boccaccio in referring to them as tragedies. The monk's definition of the term differs in some important ways from the conventional, Aristotelian model of tragedy to which students of Renaissance literature are so often referred. Firstly, these tragedies are to

in The genres of Renaissance tragedy
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Tamsin Badcoe

. Stern, Gabriel Harvey: His Life, Marginalia and Library (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979). 33 See Davis, Stories of Chaos , pp. 75–120 (p. 76 in particular). See also Sarah Powrie, ‘Spenser’s Mutabilitie and the Indeterminate Universe’, SEL , 53.1 (2013), 73–89. 34 For classic studies see C.S. Lewis, The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1964); Marjorie Hope Nicolson, The Breaking of the Circle: Studies in the Effect of the ‘New

in Edmund Spenser and the romance of space
Eve and her unsuspecting garden in seventeenth-century literature
Elizabeth Hodgson

Rhetoric .’ Rhetoric, Women and Politics in Early Modern England . Ed. J. Richards and A. Thorne . London : Routledge . 129–48 . Woodbridge , L. ( 1986 ) Women and the English Renaissance: Literature and the Nature of Womankind, 1540 to 1620 . Urbana : University of

in Biblical women in early modern literary culture 1550–1700
The Book of Proverbs in action
Danielle Clarke

, learned, and religious lady, the Lady Iane Gray . London : G. Eld . Hampton , T. ( 1990 ) Writing from History: The Rhetoric of Exemplarity in Renaissance Literature . Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press . Horneck , P. ( 1699 ) A sermon occasioned by

in Biblical women in early modern literary culture 1550–1700
Literary memory and defloration
Thomas Rist

. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan . Stewart , S. ( 1966 ) The Enclosed Garden: The Tradition and the Image in Seventeenth-Century Poetry . Madison, WI : University of Wisconsin Press . Swärdh , A. ( 2003 ) Rape and Religion in English Renaissance Literature: A

in Biblical women in early modern literary culture 1550–1700
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Tightrope walking in an afflicted style
Richard Danson Brown

the place of formalist approaches when historicism has become the dominant critical paradigm in Renaissance literature and Spenser studies? There are two main ways of answering this question. The first is to argue that the dominance of historicist approaches has been counterproductive in terms of the understanding of the literary qualities of Spenser's work. As Mark David Rasmussen suggests (in an essay which incidentally makes searching criticism of my earlier study of the Complaints volume), though formalist approaches are ‘less influential’ than historicist

in The art of The Faerie Queene
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Then with Scotland first begin
Willy Maley and Andrew Murphy

Identities and English Renaissance Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002); Brendan Bradshaw and John Morrill eds, The British Problem, c. 1534–1707: State Formation in the Atlantic Archipelago (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996); Steven G. Ellis and Sarah Barber eds, Conquest and Union: Fashioning a British State, 1485–1725 (London: Longman, 1995

in Shakespeare and Scotland