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Renaissance city of literature

From its Nobel laureates to its literary festivals, modern-day Dublin lives up to its role as a literary capital. The question of whether Ireland experienced a cultural and literary Renaissance has received increasing scholarly attention in recent years. This book extends the discussion by engaging with the specific literary culture of its capital city. It begins with an argument for the internationalised literary culture of late medieval Dublin by an analysis of James Yonge's 'Memoriale'. The citizens of Dublin engaged with and actively read texts imported from London, as Dublin's own printing was limited. The book presents case studies that establish Dublin as an emerging city of Renaissance literature by focusing on Edmund Spenser's political and social connections and by examining the literature of complaint emanating from late Elizabethan Dublin. It analyses the constructed authorial personae of Richard Bellings, James Shirley and Henry Burnell residing in Dublin, and discusses the concepts of literary friendship. Sir James Ware's scholarly achievements are analysed and his extensive intellectual community are investigated, revealing an open-minded Dublin community. In addition to being a representative Renaissance activity, translation was harnessed in the country as an 'instrument of state', as shown by translations of Gaelic poetry. The Renaissance literary production in Dublin had a multi-linguistic character with Latin orations taking place in the Trinity College Dublin. The book also addresses the question of whether the English-language drama composed and staged in Restoration Dublin is most accurately described as Anglo-Irish drama or 'English drama written in Ireland'.

Richard Bellings, James Shirley and Henry Burnell
Marie-Louise Coolahan

5 Renaissance Dublin and the construction of literary authorship: Richard Bellings, James Shirley and Henry Burnell Marie-Louise Coolahan That quintessentially Renaissance literary project – the ­humanist ­dialogue translated – was apparently undertaken in Dublin in the early 1580s by the colonial administrator and writer Lodowick Bryskett. Not published until 1606, Bryskett’s A discourse of civill life (adapted from the Italian Giambattista Giraldi Cinthio’s Tre dialoghi della vita civile of 1565) was careful to represent its author at the centre of another

in Dublin
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James Shirley’s The Traitor
Jessica Dyson

Most of the extant drama from the Caroline professional stage is not tragic in genre. Of the major Caroline professional playwrights – Ben Jonson, Richard Brome, John Ford, Philip Massinger and James Shirley – the surviving plays are predominantly comedy and tragicomedy. Nevertheless, Massinger, Shirley and John Ford did write some tragedy for the Caroline stage amid comic and tragicomic writing, presenting tragedies of power in Massinger's The Roman Actor (1626) and Believe as You List (1631), domestic tragedy in Ford's ’Tis Pity She

in The genres of Renaissance tragedy
Negotiating vanity
Faye Tudor

differentiation of herself as artist (the subject position) from her self as trope and theme for the male artist (the object position)’.8 James Shirley’s (1596–1666) short poem ‘To a Lady Upon a Looking-Glass Sent’ (1646) concentrates on the mirror’s association with self-love and pride: its speaker advises the young lady on the appropriate use for the mirror that MUP_Smith_Printer.indd 187 02/04/2015 16:18 [Image not available in this digital edition due to restrictions from the rights holder] 10 Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-Portrait (1554), Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

in The senses in early modern England, 1558–1660
Shirley’s and Davenant’s protectorate entertainments
Rachel Willie

known to have been performed for a diplomat during the commonwealth period follows the Stuart convention of printing a brochure through which the physical entertainment can be remembered. James Shirley’s Cupid and Death was performed and first printed in 1653. Thomas Jordan’s Cupid his Coronation was performed the following year in a non-court setting, but the state papers are frustratingly silent about these entertainments.8 Unlike their Jacobean and Caroline predecessors, commonwealth ‘court’ masques do not appear to be well documented. Cupid and Death is thus of

in Staging the revolution
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Andrew McRae and John West

person had inherited, at the same time, the sovereignty of England, Scotland and Ireland. Charles himself sought to stress continuity. He invested heavily in James’s funeral service, at which he assumed the role of chief mourner. As James Shirley’s poem ‘Upon the Death of King James’ (II.2 below) indicates, the elaborate and novel funerary rites attracted considerable interest, perhaps at the expense of the new king’s own accession ceremonies. The fact that negotiations for Charles to marry Henrietta Maria, daughter of Henri IV of France, were reaching a successful

in Literature of the Stuart successions

This collection of essays explores tragedy, the most versatile of Renaissance literary genres, revealing its astonishing thematic, stylistic and emotional range. Each chapter consists of a case study, offering not only a definition of a particular kind of Renaissance tragedy but also new research into an important example of that genre. There is only one chapter on Shakespeare; instead contributors attend to subgenres of tragedy – biblical tragedy and closet drama, for example – in which Shakespeare did not engage and others in which the nature of his influence is interrogated, producing original critical readings of individual plays which show how interventions in these subgenres can be mapped onto debates surrounding numerous important issues, including national identity, the nature of divine authority, early modern youth culture, gender and ethics, as well as questions relating to sovereignty and political intervention. The chapters also highlight the rich range of styles adopted by the early modern tragic dramatists and show how opportunely the genre as a whole is positioned for speaking truth to power. Collectively, these essays reassess the various sub-genres of Renaissance tragedy in ways which respond to the radical changes that have affected the critical landscape over the last few decades.

The shifting value of classical mythology in Love’s Mistress
Charlotte Coffin

’s Mistress , including its relationship to Heywood’s earlier Ages , contemporary pageants, and masques. Comparison with James Shirley’s Triumph of Peace , which was performed in February 1634, suggests that Heywood may have drawn inspiration from his rival’s innovations. Through these arguments, my purpose is to displace the problem of courtly versus popular culture – or art versus ignorance as

in Interweaving myths in Shakespeare and his contemporaries
Guillaume Coatalen

character promises to besiege a woman with songs and sonnets, ‘that she shall surrender for her own quiet’. In James Shirley’s Example (1637), 11 the playwright mentions the hundreds of sonnets written per year: You come to turne and winde this Ladies fancie

in The early modern English sonnet
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Daniel Cadman, Andrew Duxfield and Lisa Hopkins

author (possibly Robert Yarington) of Two Lamentable Tragedies , who contributed to the subgenre of domestic tragedy; Ben Jonson, whose Roman tragedies combined neo-classical conventions with intricate historical detail to bring incisive and provocative political analysis onto the popular stage; John Webster and John Fletcher, who pioneered the concept of the female tragic hero; John Ford, who offered a consciously nostalgic and yet at the same time revisionist view of historical tragedy; and James Shirley, who offers one of the latest examples of the genre

in The genres of Renaissance tragedy