The Norton Anthology of English Literature’s introduction to the sixteenth century begins with the same question CS Lewis did in his “New Learning and New Ignorance” essay: where did the great literature from the end of the century came from? England started the century as a backward nation in the eyes of Europe, and the most famous piece of literature it produced in the century’s first forty years (Utopia) was written in Latin.
Like Lewis, the authors seek to outline the social changes and intellectual atmosphere that encouraged writers like Spenser, Sidney, and Shakespeare to emerge. Continue reading “NAEL Sixteenth-Century Intro Summary”
After the jump, you’ll find the conclusion of my CS Lewis summary that I started yesterday. Continue reading “Lewis’s “New Learning and New Ignorance” Summary Part 2″
My Renaissance survey class will be reading, summarizing, and using this scholarship this semester.
- Berger, Harry. “Andrew Marvell: The Poem as Green World.” Second World and Green World: Studies in Renaissance Fiction-Making. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. Print.
- –. “Prelude to Interpretation.” Revisionary Play: Studies in the Spenserian Dynamics. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. Print.
- –. “The Renaissance Imagination: Second World and Green World.” Second World and Green World: Studies in Renaissance Fiction-Making. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. Print.
- –. “Sprezzatura and the Absence of Grace.” Castiglione, Baldassarre, and Daniel Javitch. The Book of the Courtier: The Singleton Translation : an Authoritative Text Criticism. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2002. Print.
- Dollimore, Jonathan. Radical Tragedy: Religion, Ideology, and Power in the Drama of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984. Print.
- Empson, William. Milton’s God. London: Chatto & Windus, 1965. Print.
- Ferguson, Margaret. Trials of Desire: Renaissance Defenses of Poetry. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983. Print.
- Fish, Stanley E. Surprised by Sin: The Reader in “paradise Lost.”. London: Macmillan, 1967. Print.
- Greenblatt, Stephen. Renaissance Self-Fashioning: From More to Shakespeare. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980. Print.
- Jankowski, Theodora A. “Defining/Confining the Duchess: Negotiating the Female Body in John Webster’s “The Duchess of Malfi”” Studies in Philology 87.2 (1990): 221-45. Web.
- King, John N. English Reformation Literature: The Tudor Origins of the Protestant Tradition. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1982. Print.
- Lewalski, Barbara K. Protestant Poetics and the Seventeenth-Century Religious Lyric. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1979. Print.
- Lewis, C S. A Preface to Paradise Lost. London: Oxford University Press, 1961. Print.
- Miller, David Lee. “Spenser’s Poetics: The Poem’s Two Bodies.” PMLA 101.2 (1986): 170-85. Web.
- Shuger, Debora K. Habits of Thought in the English Renaissance: Religion, Politics, and the Dominant Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990. Print.
- Slights, William. “The Play of Conspiracies in Volpone.” Ben Jonson’s Volpone, or the Fox. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1988. Print.