By Donna B. Hamilton
This Concise Companion launches scholars into the learn of English Renaissance literature in the course of the significant contexts that expert it.
Chapter 1 Economics (pages 11–31): S. P. Cerasano
Chapter 2 faith (pages 32–53): Donna B. Hamilton
Chapter three Royal Marriage and the Royal Succession (pages 54–74): Paul E. J. Hammer
Chapter four Patronage, Licensing, and Censorship (pages 75–93): Richard Dutton
Chapter five Humanism, Rhetoric, schooling (pages 94–113): Peter Mack
Chapter 6 Manuscripts in Early sleek England (pages 114–135): Heather Wolfe
Chapter 7 trip, Exploration, and Empire (pages 136–159): Ralph Bauer
Chapter eight inner most lifestyles and Domesticity (pages 160–179): Lena Cowen Orlin
Chapter nine Treason and uprising (pages 180–199): Andrew Hadfield
Chapter 10 Shakespeare and the Marginalized “Others” (pages 200–216): Carole Levin
Chapter eleven Cosmology and the physique (pages 217–237): Cynthia Marshall
Chapter 12 Life?Writing (pages 238–256): Alan Stewart
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In Jonson’s theatrical world, avarice and the worship of gold are staged in bold contrast to the ideal ‘‘Golden Age,’’ an image with which some commentators of Jonson’s day described their own age. The gold at the centre of Volpone’s universe brings out the worst in human beings. Instead of ‘‘golden’’ virtue, the quest for gold encourages Jonson’s characters to degenerate into the beasts that their names represent. Both within Volpone’s house – which is managed by a servant named Mosca (‘‘a fly,’’ a parasite) and staffed by a dwarf and a eunuch (other ‘‘unnatural’’ creatures) – and without it, on the Venetian streets that seem to be heaving with greed and corruption, Jonson constructs a society that is wholly consumed by its taste for gold and enchanted by scams that are intended to cheat others.
Oxford: Oxford University Press. Sorlien, Robert Parker, ed. 1976. The Diary of John Manningham of the Middle Temple, 1602–1603. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England. Sullivan, Ceri. 2002. The Rhetoric of Credit: Merchants in Early Modern Writing. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses. Turner, Frederick. 1999. Shakespeare’s Twenty-First Century Economics: The Morality of Love and Money. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Wrightson, Keith. 2000. Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain.
Still, scholars will estimate the Campion impact differently. To Lake and Questier, the Campion affair illustrates an unusual moment when the public sphere was available to a cacophony of opinion, an openness even encouraged by the authorities whose interests it could advance (cf. McCoog 2001). However, with the execution of Campion and a succession of other priests, that public sphere closed in again. The executions silenced most overt resistance. The complications of this suppression argue for close re-examination of virtually everything written during the 1560s, 1570s, and 1580s – all years that were long displaced from the attention of literary scholars by the halo effect of Protestant dominance in the 1590s.
A Concise Companion to English Renaissance Literature by Donna B. Hamilton