Subject Area: Literature - Renaissance

Constructing Sonnet Sequences in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance: A Study of Six Poets
2010 0-7734-3766-5
This work establishes the presence of ambiguous, polyvalent characterisation of the first-person voice in the Petrarchan poem sequence. It argues that such characterisation triggers a reader-response mechanism characterised by ambivalence and interest which could be called splintered identification. This means of identifying helps promote reader-involvement and foster the perception of the sequence as an integral work, concerns which betray the presence of novelistic thinking. This book contains two color photographs.

1996 0-7734-8749-2
Epizia is a stage adaptation of Ecatommiti, VIII.5, Giraldi's tale of an errant Governor of Innsbruck, who gets the virginal heroine to his bed with a false offer of marriage and an equally false promise to let her imprisoned brother out of jail. He is sentenced to death by the Emperor for abusing his authority, but the magnanimous intercession of the peerless Epizia saves him from this fate and brings about the happy ending. The play will be of particular interest to students of English literature because of Shakespeare's elaboration of the Epizia story in Measure for Measure. The text of the novella is reproduced as an appendix. Italianists will recognize in Epizia the author's tireless search for theatrical innovation. Giraldi breaks new ground by setting his play in the administrative center of a 15th-century provincial town, abandoning the courtly milieu that is the norm in his other tragedies. Another unusual feature of the play is amount of dialogue given up to discussions of the legal issues arising from the Governor's conduct. The significance of these debates and the historical circumstances that gave rise to them are discussed in the Introduction, as are other ideological implications of the play.

Francesco Giorgio’s deharmonica Mundi
2011 0-7734-1582-3
A translation from the original Latin of Francesco Giorgio’s DeHarmonica Mundi that establishes its connections to Christian Cabbala in the early Renaissance. This book includes a CD.

Awarded the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship

Humor of Marguerite De Navarre in the heptamÉron. a Feminist Author Before Her Time
2008 0-7734-4924-8
A complex analysis of the religious and feminist bases of de Navarre’s humor.

Influence of Marsilio Ficino (1433-1494) on Elizabethan Literature: Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare (two Book Set)
2013 0-7734-4549-8
These two volumes are the first extensive study of the influence of Marsilio Ficino on major English poets. Ficino lived in Florence, Italy from 1433 to 1499. He introduced Plato to the Renaissance by his translations of the philosopher’s complete works with detailed commentary. He wrote important works on astrology, a multi-volume work on Platonic Theology, and hundreds of brilliant public letters on a variety of subjects. This fascinating study initiates Professor Jones’ comprehensive multi-volume investigation of the influence of the Florentine scholar and priest, Marsilio Ficino on important English poets. Ficino was a translator who brought all of Plato’s writings to the attention of the Renaissance, an astrologer, and the founder of Renaissance magical philosophy.

L’Écriture Feminine Au Xvie SiÈcle, En France
2008 0-7734-5087-4
The purpose of the present work is the study of the access of women to literature in sixteenth-century France, a period not considered to be conducive to the awakening of female writers. This book focuses on the different steps of personal writing and the analysis of the women’s literary work. This book contains seven color photographs and six black and white photographs. In French.

Madame De SÉvignÉ Et Michel De Montaigne: L’Écriture Intime À La Lettre Et À L’essai
2008 0-7734-4886-1
The study shows how Montaigne, in his Essays and Travel Journal, and Madame de Sévigné in her Correspondence live the tension between two contradictory and complementary inclinations of human nature: on the one hand, opening towards another, communication with a loved one, and, on the other hand, withdrawal, reflection, and distress.

Models of Women in Sixteenth-Century French Literature
2007 0-7734-5332-6
This book offers a feminist critique of the so-called “crisis of exemplarity” in late Renaissance texts by comparing and contrasting examples proposed to female readers in two collections of sixteenth-century French short stories, Pierre Boaistuau’s Histoires tragiques and Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron. The author proposes that female exemplarity has its own poetics and cannot be considered simply as identical or symmetrical to male exemplarity. What emerges in the course of the study is an understanding of the different ways in which exemplarity enters the life of the female reader: through history, truth, invention, memory and strangeness.

Renaissance Incorporations: Negotiating the Theory of the King’s Two Bodies
2015 1-4955-0332-1
The book synthesizes older and newer historical approaches to Renaissance texts in order to establish a reading of them that takes at its starting point the principles behind the period’s natural philosophy in order to reevaluate the theory of the king’s two bodies. Rolls presents a view of Renaissance thought that could adapt itself to new discoveries, and also turns to recent thinkers to interpret the material.

Resolution of the Debate in the Medieval Poem the Owl and the Nightingale
1999 0-7734-7962-7

Seventeenth-Century Poetic Genres as Social Categories: A New Reading of the Poetry of John Donne
2010 0-7734-3606-5
Through the reading records of Donne’s poems and the concept of multiple referentiality, this study examines the social dimensions of early modern genres and the relationship among poetics, rhetoric and the Renaissance doctrines of imitation, placing systematic attention on how the differences oral and written modes of expression influences the process of reading and the early modern understanding of genre.

Textual Construction of Space in the Writing of Renaissance Women
2006 0-7734-5789-5
This book examines complex constructions of social space in the texts of four Renaissance women. In the rapidly transforming social space of 16th and early 17th century England, Isabella Whitney, Aemilia Lanyer, Elizabeth Hoby Russell and Margaret Hoby created alternative spatial narratives that participated in, as well as challenged, the influential forces of their changing environment. These forces included the elevation of linear perspective, mathematical advances, and developing concepts of private ownership of property. Amidst these developments the women discussed offered alternative constructions of social spaces through their texts that directly confronted the many social restrictions women faced in contemporary life. This work places the texts examined within a theoretically informed discussion of the social spaces of Renaissance England, both physical and imagined. It challenges many ideas concerning a “woman’s place” offering instead a more complete and complex account of the spaces and places lived and imagined by Renaissance women.

Theory of the King's Two Bodies in the Age of Shakespeare
2006 0-7734-5719-4
This work makes available for the first time the texts from which scholars have drawn to discuss the theory of the king’s two bodies. This study shows that the present-day discussions of monarchal power in the Renaissance have constructed a simplistic opposition between metaphysical, or so-called absolutist theories of kingship, and more materialistic theories of power.