The English Renaissance in Popular Culture: An Age for All Time

Hardcover | April 15, 2010

EditorGregory M. Colón Semenza

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Despite the explosion of scholarship on Shakespeare in popular culture, too little attention has been paid to the Renaissance itself as an imagined historical period. The English Renaissance in Popular Culture considers popular culture’s confrontations with the history, thought, and major figures of the English Renaissance. Analyzing “period films,” appropriations, television productions, popular literature, pastimes such as Ren Faires, and even punk music, its contributors explore the rich ways in which popular culture seeks to engage the Renaissance. Ultimately, this important collection asks how such popular engagements impact the teaching and the cultural importance of English Renaissance literature and history.

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Despite the explosion of scholarship on Shakespeare in popular culture, too little attention has been paid to the Renaissance itself as an imagined historical period. The English Renaissance in Popular Culture considers popular culture’s confrontations with the history, thought, and major figures of the English Renaissance. Analyzing “...

Greg Colón Semenza is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut.  He is the author of Sport, Politics, and Literature in the English Renaissance, Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities and, with Laura L. Knoppers, Milton in Popular Culture. He has also published num...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:242 pages, 8.56 × 5.78 × 0.76 inPublished:April 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230100287

ISBN - 13:9780230100282

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Introduction—Gregory M. Colón Semenza * PART I: Renaissance Icons * Desperate Housewives: The Tudors, the Politics of Historiography and the Beautiful Body of Jonathan Rhys Meyers—Ramona Wray * The Secret Life of Elizabeth I—Adrienne L. Eastwood * Where Maps End: Elizabeth: The Golden Age of Simulacra—Courtney Lehmann * PART II:  Renaissance Fantasies * Looking Up to the Groundlings in Contemporary Historical Fiction—Amy Rodgers * London’s Burning: Remembering Guy Fawkes in V for Vendetta—Melissa Croteau * Reading the Early Modern Witch in Horror Films of the 1960s and 70s—Deborah Willis * Sportful Combat Gets Medieval: The Representation of Historical Violence at Renaissance Fairs—Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. * PART III: Renaissance Sounds * The First Adaptation of Shakespeare and the “Recovery” of the Renaissance Voice: Sam Taylor’s The Taming of the Shrew—Deborah Cartmell * God Save the Queene: Sex Pistols, Shakespeare, and Punk [Anti-] History—Gregory Colón Semenza * Part IV: Renaissance Cinema * Jacques Rivette’s Film Adaptation as “Dérive-ation”: Pericles in Paris Belongs to Us and The Revenger’s Tragedy in Noroit—Richard Burt * Alex Cox’s Revenger’s Tragedy and the Foreclosure of Apocalyptic Teleology—James Keller * Forget Film: Speculations on Shakespearean Entertainment Value—Donald Hedrick       

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“With admirable breadth and wit, The English Renaissance in Popular Culture illuminates how far modern mass culture's fascination with its counterpart, the culture of early modern England, extends beyond Shakespeare. The range of materials explored—from silent film to punk music, The Tudors TV series to Renaissance fairs, historical fiction to horror films—is especially praiseworthy, as is the critical intelligence and ingenuity with which the contributors analyze how our own culture has been shaped by imaginative and often surprising identifications with the English Renaissance. The intersection of Renaissance scholarship and contemporary cultural studies in this well-conceived collection makes for a thought-provoking, exciting, timely and original contribution to study of the English past in the popular present.”—Douglas M. Lanier, Professor of English, University of New Hampshire