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Early Modern Literature

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FORTHCOMING: Scholarly Milton, edited by Thomas Festa and Kevin J. Donovan
Scholarly Milton is a collection of original and previously unpublished essays concerned with the function of scholarship in both the invention and the reception of Milton’s writings in poetry and prose. Following the editors’ introduction to the collection, the eleven essays examine the nature of Milton’s own formidable scholarship and its implications for his prose and poetry. The collection examines “scholarly Milton” the writer as well as subsequent scholars’ historical and theoretical framing of Milton studies as an object of scholarly attention, or “scholarly Milton” as at first an emergent and later an established academic subject. Originally selected from the best essays presented at the 2015 Conference on John Milton in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the essays have been considerably revised and expanded for publication.


FORTHCOMING: The Problem in the Middle: Liminal Space and the Court Masque, by Gregory A. Wilson (with a new preface by the author)
Ben Jonson and Inigo Jones enjoyed one of the most successful theatrical collaborations of Renaissance England with their spectacular court masques. But their relationship soured over a dispute as to what was most important in the masque: the poetry of the former or the set and costume design of the latter. This book attempts to resolve the debate using a theoretical term developed by Victor Turner: liminality, a condition or status between two conditions or statuses. Dr. Gregory Wilson argues that the masque is in a perpetual state of liminality, existing in the margin between performance and an observing audience. The masque is more than historically interesting; it negotiates the space between possibility and reality. This book searches for that intervening ground and the resolution of the "problem in the middle."


FORTHCOMING: Samuel Johnson Among the Modernists, edited by Anthony W. Lee
"Samuel Johnson Among the Modernists" casts Johnson as a figure of modernity, one who possesses an appeal that many Modernist writers found irresistible.


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