Notes on Contributors viii Acknowledgments xii Introduction 1 PART I Sonnet Form and Sonnet Sequence 13 1 The Value of the Sonnets 15 Stephen Booth 2 Formal Pleasure in the Sonnets 27 Helen Vendler 3 The Incomplete Narrative of Shakespeare?s Sonnets 45 James Schiffer 4 Revolution in Shake-speares Sonnets 57 Margreta de Grazia PART II Shakespeare and His Predecessors 71 5 The Refusal to be Judged in Petrarch and Shakespeare 73 Richard Strier 6 ?Dressing old words new?? Re-evaluating the ?Delian Structure? 90 Heather Dubrow 7 Confounded by Winter: Speeding Time in Shakespeare?s Sonnets 104 Dympna Callaghan PART III Editorial Theory and Biographical Inquiry: Editing the Sonnets 119 8 Shake-speares Sonnets, Shakespeare?s Sonnets, and Shakespearean Biography 121 Richard Dutton 9 Mr. Who He? 137 Stephen Orgel 10 Editing the Sonnets 145 Colin Burrow 11 William Empson and the Sonnets 163 Lars Engle PART IV The Sonnets in Manuscript and Print 183 12 Shakespeare?s Sonnets and the Manuscript Circulation of Texts in Early Modern England 185 Arthur F. Marotti 13 The Sonnets and Book History 204 Marcy L. North PART V Models of Desire in the Sonnets 223 14 Shakespeare?s Love Objects 225 Douglas Trevor 15 Tender Distance: Latinity and Desire in Shakespeare?s Sonnets 242 Bradin Cormack 16 Fickle Glass 261 Rayna Kalas 17 ?Th? expense of spirit in a waste of shame?: Mapping the ?Emotional Regime? of Shakespeare?s Sonnets 277 Jyotsna G. Singh PART VI Ideas of Darkness in the Sonnets 291 18 Rethinking Shakespeare?s Dark Lady 293 Ilona Bell 19 Flesh Colors and Shakespeare?s Sonnets 314 Elizabeth D. Harvey PART VII Memory and Repetition in the Sonnets 329 20 Voicing the Young Man: Memory, Forgetting, and Subjectivity in the Procreation Sonnets 331 Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr. 21 ?Full character?d?: Competing Forms of Memory in Shakespeare?s Sonnets 343 Amanda Watson PART VIII The Sonnets in/and the Plays 361 22 Halting Sonnets: Poetry and Theater in Much Ado About Nothing 363 Patrick Cheney 23 Personal Identity and Vicarious Experience in Shakespeare?s Sonnets 383 William Flesch PART IX The Sonnets and A Lover?s Complaint 403 24 ?Making the quadrangle round?: Alchemy?s Protean Forms in Shakespeare?s sonnets and A Lover?s Complaint 405 Margaret Healy 25 The Enigma of A Lover?s Complaint 426 Catherine Bates Appendix: The 1609 Text of Shakespeare?s Sonnets and A Lover?s Complaint 441 Index 502
Michael Schoenfeldt is Professor of English Literature at the University of Michigan and Director of the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. He is the author of Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England: Physiology and Inwardness in Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton (1999), Prayer and Power: George Herbert and Renaissance Courtship (1991), and co-editor of Imagining Death in Spenser and Milton (2003).
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