Litt, Dorothy E. Books

About the author: Dorothy E. Litt is an independent scholars. She teaches Shakespeare on Film in the Lifetime Learning programs in Newton and Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. She has published numerous articles on the English Renaissance, and reviewed scholarly books for this period for many journals.

Names in English Renaissance Literature
2001 0-7734-7397-1
These essays are the work of thirty years of research in English Renaissance onomastics. They deal with subjects as varied as dance-names, namelessness and place-names in drama, nominal jests, the varied meanings of a place named Wilderness; names in graffiti, self-defining in subscriptions to familiar letters; and women’s names in elegies. Two essays are on political aspects: one concerning the name of the Earl of Essex, and another on naming in a poem by Sir Walter Raleigh to his queen. One essay concerns humanism and onomastics, another the organic function of onomastics in Shakespeare’s drama. “Dorothy Litt’s welcome collection of essays is consistently illuminating and entertaining. Her work shows that choosing a theme (names) and running with it yields important insights. With nary a theoretical cliché in sight, she proves that students of Shakespeare who ignore names overlook significant elements of Shakespeare’s artistry. All readers will benefit from her discussions of Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It.” – Bernice W. Kliman, Professor Emerita, member of 2001 Team, The New Variorum Hamlet