On Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature: Essays

Hardcover | November 1, 2001

byJohn Kerrigan

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John Kerrigan is one of the foremost critics of English literature. This richly informed collection brings together his essays on such major figures as Sir Philip Sidney and Milton, but also less celebrated writers, including Thomas Carew and - in a new piece - William Drummond, to reconfigurethe familiar and help extend the canon. Shakespeare looms large; his plays and poems, and his influence on Keats, are the subject of half the book. But themes and issues are pursued from the 1580s to the late Restoration. Kerriganacutely reassesses the nature of early modern texts-their production and reconstruction by writers, printers, theatre companies, and readers-and their relationship with socio-political circumstance. This original and eloquent book shows what criticism can do when closely engaged with verbal fabric and form. Always alert to the scholarly and theoretical debates that have raged within literary studies, it concentrates on drawing out the distinctive qualities of poems and plays.

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John Kerrigan is one of the foremost critics of English literature. This richly informed collection brings together his essays on such major figures as Sir Philip Sidney and Milton, but also less celebrated writers, including Thomas Carew and - in a new piece - William Drummond, to reconfigurethe familiar and help extend the canon. Sh...

John Kerrigan is a Professor of English at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:278 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:November 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199248516

ISBN - 13:9780199248513

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Table of Contents

I: Shakespeare1. Shakespeare as Reviser (1987)2. Between Michelangelo and Petrarch: Shakespeare's Sonnets of Art (1994)3. Keats and Lucrece (1988)4. Henry IV and the Death of Old Double (1990)5. Secrecy and Gossip in Twelfth Night (1997)II: Early Modern Literature6. The Editor as Reader: Constructing Renaissance Texts (1996)7. Astrophil's Tragicomedy (1992)8. William Drummond and the British Problem9. Thomas Carew (1988)10. Milton and the Nightingale (1992)11. Revenge Tragedy Revisited, 1649-1683 (1997)Index

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`These essays consolidate Kerrigan's position as one of the outstanding scholars of the English Renaissance of his generation'E. A. J. Honigmann, Times Literary Supplement