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Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies


Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies (MRLS) seeks to promote the study of late medieval, Renaissance and seventeenth century English literature by publishing scholarly and critical monographs, collections of essays, editions and bibliographies. Of particular interest are works concerning Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Milton. The series encourages a broad range of interpretation, including the relationship of literature and its cultural contexts, close textual analysis, and the use of contemporary critical methodologies.


After the Heavenly Tune
English Poetry and the Aspiration to Song
Berley, Marc

The Age of Milton and the Scientific Revolution

Duran, Angelica

Aspects of Subjectivity
Society and Individuality from the Middle Ages to Shakespeare and Milton
Low, Anthony

The Christian Hebraism of John Donne
Written with the Fingers of Man's Hand
Goodblatt, Chanita

Culinary Shakespeare
Staging Food and Drink in Early Modern England
Goldstein, David B., Tigner, Amy L.

The Development of Milton's Thought
Law, Government, and Religion
Shawcross, John T.

Divine Subjection
The Rhetoric of Sacramental Devotion in Early Modern England
Kuchar, Gary

The Essex House Masque of 1621
Viscount Doncaster and the Jacobean Masque
Raylor, Timothy

Forgiving the Gift
The Philosophy of Generosity in Shakespeare and Marlowe
Lawrence, Sean

Gender and the Power of Relationship
"United as one individual Soul" in Paradise Lost
Pruitt, Kristin A.

Ground-Work
English Renaissance Literature and Soil Science
Rooted in the interpretive field of ecocriticism, this collection asks what we can learn from representations of soil in early modern literature
Eklund, Hillary, editor

Horrid Spectacle
Violation in the Theater of Early Modern England
Burks, Deborah G.

John Donne and Early Modern Legal Culture
The End of Equity in the Satyres
Kneidel, Gregory

The Literary Invention of Margaret Cavendish

Dodds, Lara

Magic and Masculinity in Early Modern English Drama

McAdam, Ian

Melville and Milton

Grey, Robin

Milton & the Preaching Arts

Lares, Jameela

Milton and Homer
"Written to Aftertimes"
Machacek, Gregory

Milton and the Poetics of Freedom

Woods, Susanne

Milton in the Age of Fish
Essays on Authorship, Text, and Terrorism
Lieb, Michael , Labriola, Albert C.

Milton on Film

Brown, Eric

Milton the Dramatist

Burbery, Timothy J.

Milton, Materialism, and Embodiment
One First Matter All
Original essays explore the concepts of materialism and embodiment as depicted by Milton in his fascinating portraits of humanity’s place in the cosmos
Donovan, Kevin J. and Festa Thomas, eds.

Milton's Rival Hermeneutics
"Reason is But Choosing"
DuRocher, Richard J. , Thickstun, Margaret Olofson

The Noble Flame of Katherine Philips
A Poetics of Culture, Politics, and Friendship
Orvis, David L. , Paul, Ryan Singh

"Paradise Lost: A Poem Written in Ten Books"
An Authoritative Text of the 1667 First Edition
Shawcross, John T. , Lieb, Michael

"Paradise Lost: A Poem Written in Ten Books"
Essays on the 1667 First Edition
Lieb, Michael, Shawcross, John T.

The Plague in Print
Essential Elizabethan Sources, 1558-1603
Totaro, Rebecca

Pleasure and Gender in the Writings of Thomas More
Pursuing the Common Weal
Cousins, A. D.

Practicing Renaissance Scholarship
Plays and Pageants, Patrons and Politics
Bergeron, David M.

Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt
Appropriating Milton in Early African American Literature
Wilburn, Reginald A.

Private Lives Made Public
The Invention of Biography in Early Modern England
“Life-writing” experienced an unprecedented boom in the late seventeenth century, giving rise to the modern biography
Walkden, Andrea

Reading the Renaissance
Ideas and Idioms from Shakespeare to Milton
Berley, Marc

Refiguring the Sacred Feminine
The Poems of John Donne, Aemilia Lanyer and John Milton
DiPasquale, Theresa M.

Renaissance Ecology
Imagining Eden in Milton's England
Hiltner, Ken

Renaissance Texts Medieval Subjectivities
Rethinking Petrarchan Desire from Wyatt to Shakespeare
Crosses the traditional medieval/early modern boundary to focus on reading Renaissance texts in light of earlier poetic forms
Sokolov, Danila

Renaissance Tropologies
The Cultural Imagination of Early Modern England
Shami, Jeanne, ed.

Rethinking Shakespeare's Skepticism
The Aesthetics of Doubt in the Sonnets and Plays
Tartamella, Suzanne M.

Satan's Poetry
Fallenness and Poetic Tradition in Paradise Lost
St. Hilaire, Danielle A.

The Self in Early Modern Literary Studies
For the Common Good
Sherwood, Terry G.

Shakespearean Resurrection
The Art of Almost Raising the Dead
Benson, Sean

Single Imperfection
Milton, Marriage, and Friendship
Luxon, Thomas H.

Spiritual Arechitecture and Paradise Regained
Milton's Literary Ecclesiology
Simpson, Ken

Stages of Engagement
Drama and Religion in Post-Reformation England
Mardock, James, McPherson, Kathryn

Suffering in Paradise
The Bubonic Plague in English Literary Studies from More to Milton
Totaro, Rebecca

Theological Milton
Deity, Discourse and Heresy in the Miltonic Canon
Lieb, Michael

"Through a Glass Darkly"
Milton's Reinvention of the Mythological Tradition
Mulryan, John

To Repair the Ruins
Reading Milton
Fenton, Mary C., Schwartz, Louis

Tradition and Subversion in Renaissance Literature:
Studies in Shakespeare, Spenser, Jonson, and Donne
Roston, Murray

The Two Principal Laws of Thermodynamics
A Cultural and Historical Exploration
van den Berg, J. H.

The Virgilian Pastoral Tradition
From the Renaissance to the Modern Era
Lindheim, Nancy

Visionary Milton
Essays on Prophecy and Violence
Medine, Peter E., Shawcross, John T., Urban, David V.

With Wandering Steps
Generative Ambiguity in Milton's Poetics
Explores Milton’s creative power to create a desire for a unified resolution that we are never meant to actually reach—at least in this world
Fenton, Mary C., Louis Schwartz, eds.

Women Writing of Divinest Things
Rhetoric and the Poetry of Pembroke, Wroth, and Lanyer
Bennett, Lyn

Writing the Forest in Early Modern England
A Sylvan Pastoral Nation
Theis, Jeffrey S.