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The boundaries separating Literary Studies from other kinds of humanistic inquiry are more permeable now than at any moment since the Enlightenment, when disciplinary categories began to acquire their modern definition. "The Forms of Renaissance Thought" celebrates scholarship at a number of these frontiers. The contributors address works of the European Renaissance as they relate both to the textured world of their origins and to a modern scholarly culture that turns to the early moderns for methodological provocation and renewal. In this way, the volume charts the most important developments in the field since the turn towards cultural and ideological features of the Renaissance imagination.
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Notes on Contributors Introduction: 'The Form of Things Unknown': Renaissance Studies in a New Millennium PART ONE: RECEPTION, RENOVATION, RENAISSANCE Praxiteles' Aphrodite and the Love of Art; L.Barkan English Literature in its Golden Age; S.Keilen Translating for Queen Anne: John Florio's Decameron ; M.Wyatt The First Reader of Shake-speares Sonnets ; M.de Grazia PART TWO: DESIRE AND THE BODY The Play of Wanton Parts; J.Goldberg Shakespeare's Narcissus, Sonnet's Echo; B.Cormack Coriolanus : The Rhythms and Remains of Excess; P.Holland The Joys of Martha Joyless: Queer Pedagogy and the (Early Modern) Production of Sexual Knowledge; V.Traub PART THREE: MATERIAL CULTURES Bearded Ladies in Shakespeare; A.R.Braunmuller Shakespeare in Leather; A.Bosman Digging the Dust: Renaissance Archivology; W.Sherman Of Busks and Bodies; A.R.Jones& P.Stallybrass Index

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ANSTON BOSMAN is Associate Professor and Director of Studies in English at Amherst College, USA. A. R. BRAUNMULLER teaches early modern and modern drama at UCLA, USA. MARGRETA DE GRAZIA is the Sheli Z. and Burton X. Rosenberg Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. JONATHAN GOLDBERG is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at Emory University, USA. PETER HOLLAND is McMeel Family Professor of Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame, USA. ANN ROSALIND JONES is Esther Cloudman Dunn Professor of Comparative Literature at Smith College, USA. WILLIAM H. SHERMAN is Director of the Centre for Renaissance& Early Modern Studies at the University of York, UK. PETER STALLYBRASS is Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. VALERIE TRAUB is Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, USA. MICHAEL WYATT is an independent scholar and fellow of Villa I Tatti, The Harvard Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies. He teaches at Stanford, USA.

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ANSTON BOSMAN is Associate Professor and Director of Studies in English at Amherst College, USA. A. R. BRAUNMULLER teaches early modern and modern drama at UCLA, USA. MARGRETA DE GRAZIA is the Sheli Z. and Burton X. Rosenberg Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. JONATHAN GOLDBERG is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at Emory University, USA. PETER HOLLAND is McMeel Family Professor of Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame, USA. ANN ROSALIND JONES is Esther Cloudman Dunn Professor of Comparative Literature at Smith College, USA. WILLIAM H. SHERMAN is Director of the Centre for Renaissance& Early Modern Studies at the University of York, UK. PETER STALLYBRASS is Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. VALERIE TRAUB is Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, USA. MICHAEL WYATT is an independent scholar and fellow of Villa I Tatti, The Harvard Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies. He teaches at Stanford, USA.

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'This impressive collection of essays positions itself at the forefront of early modern literary studies, at the boundary between the new historicism and other recent studies of cross-disciplinary influence. The notion of 'form' as poised ambiguously between freedom and determination, between the external and outward on the one hand and the essential and inherently inward on the other, is essential to the enterprise. Form is a relationship between producer and consumer, making the composition and transmission of thought possible by shaping what can be said in political, social, and literary discourse. This collection of essays brilliantly encourages and deepens such a cross-disciplinary approach. This is a book not to miss.' - David Bevington, University of Chicago

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