'Renaissance Papers' collects the best scholarly essays submitted
each year to the Southeastern Renaissance Conference. The present
volume opens with two essays on Shakespeare: one considering the
special force of Iago's villainy, the other situating '2 Henry VI'
in relation to the "clowning" of the Marprelate tracts. The volume
then turns to links between religion, rhetoric, technology, and
theatrical practice, with interdisciplinary essays on the oral
street culture of St. Paul's Cross, cosmetics in Thomas Dekker's
Whore of Babylon, and the mixing of genres in George
Peele's 'David and Bethsabe.' Following these are essays taking
more traditional approaches to two of the most fascinating figures
in Renaissance studies: John Donne, whose skill at epistolary
insult may have been the real cause of his father-in-law's outrage,
and Pietro Aretino, whose "afterlife" in England is engagingly
treated. The volume closes with essays showcasing a range of
interests in the history of ideas: the metaphysics of light in
Patrizi and Caravaggio, the representation of common law courts and
special tribunals in Spenser's 'Faerie Queene,' and the
anthropocentrism of Sir Francis Bacon. Contributors: Jackson C.
Boswell, Jason E. Cohen, Thomas W. Dabbs, George L. Geckle, M.
Thomas Hester, Delane Karalow, Robert Kilgore, Kirk Melnikoff,
James Schiavoni, Andrew Tumminia. Andrew Shifflett and Edward
Gieskes are Associate Professors of English at the University of
South Carolina, Columbia.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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