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Widows and Suitors in Early Modern English Comedy

The courtship and remarriage of a rich widow was a popular motif in early modern comic theatre. Jennifer Panek brings together a wide variety of texts, from ballads and jest-books to sermons and court records, to examine the staple widow of comedy in her cultural context and to examine early modern attitudes to remarriage. She persuasively challenges the critical tendency to see the stereotype of the lusty widow as a tactic to dissuade women from second marriages, arguing instead that it was deployed to enable her suitors to regain their masculinity, under threat from the dominant, wealthier widow. The theatre, as demonstrated by Middleton, Dekker, Beaumont and Fletcher and others, was the prime purveyor of a fantasy in which a young man's sexual mastery of a widow allowed him to seize the economic opportunity she offered.

The financial difficulties of“young beginners” led the London aldermen in1556to
pass an act prohibiting apprentices from gaining the freedom of the city until the
age of twenty-four, partly in an attempt to prevent “the overhasty marriages and
oversoon setting up ofhouseholds of and by the youth and young folks of the said
city . . . [who] marry themselves as soon as ever they come out of their
apprenticehood, be they never so young and unskilful.” Such marriages led to
children on ...

Studies in Late Modern English Correspondence

Methodology and Data

The studies presented in this volume concentrate on aspects of Late Modern English correspondence in the usage of individuals belonging to different social classes, writing for different purposes, and finding themselves in different social contexts, both in Britain and in its colonies. As the growing body of research published in recent years has shown, analysing the language of letters presents both a challenge and an opportunity to obtain access to as full a range of styles as would be possible for a period for which we only have access to the language in its written form. It is an area of study in which all the contributors have considerable expertise, which affords them to present data findings while discussing important methodological issues. In addition, in most cases data derive from specially-designed 'second-generation' corpora, reflecting state-of-the-art approaches to historical sociolinguistics and pragmatics. Theoretical issues concerning letters as a text type, their role in social network analysis, and their value in the identification of register or variety specific traits are highlighted, alongside issues concerning the (often less than easy) relationship between strictly codified norms and actual usage on the part of speakers whose level of education could vary considerably.

Stefan Dollinger Colonial Variation in the Late Modern English Business Letter: '
Periphery and Core' or 'Random Variation'?1 1 . Introduction The study of LModE
increasingly includes colonial, native varieties of English. While American
English (AmE) has long received scholarly attention, the study of non-dominant
varieties is coming to the fore by detailing aspects of the historical development
from the eighteenth century until the present day (cf. Watts/Trudgill 2002, Hickey
2004).

Representing France and the French in Early Modern English Drama

Brings together previously unpublished evidence of France's role and importance in the early modern English literary and dramatic fields. The collection covers many genres and provides insights into the work of a large number of early modern dramatists, including major playwrights as well as lesser-known writers.

The first major work written on the history of Anglo- French literary relations,
Sidney Lee's The French Renaissance in England (1910), stated that France was
no less than a "civilizing missionary" for England.1 Lee's grand statement was
symptomatic of his view of the Renaissance itself. For him the Renaissance,
particularly the English Renaissance, was a massive effort to "eliminate
barbarism and rusticity from the field of man's thought, and to substitute
humanism and liberal culture ...

The Virgin Mary in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Literature and Popular Culture

This book was first published in 2011. The Virgin Mary was one of the most powerful images of the Middle Ages, central to people's experience of Christianity. During the Reformation, however, many images of the Virgin were destroyed, as Protestantism rejected the way the medieval Church over-valued and sexualized Mary. Although increasingly marginalized in Protestant thought and practice, her traces and surprising transformations continued to haunt early modern England. Combining historical analysis and contemporary theory, including issues raised by psychoanalysis and feminist theology, Gary Waller examines the literature, theology and popular culture associated with Mary in the transition between late medieval and early modern England. He contrasts a variety of pre-Reformation texts and events, including popular mariology, poetry, tales, drama, pilgrimage and the emerging 'New Learning', with later sixteenth-century ruins, songs, ballads, Petrarchan poetry, the works of Shakespeare and other texts where the Virgin's presence or influence, sometimes surprisingly, can be found.

THE VIRGIN MARY IN LATE MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN ENGLISH
LITERATURE AND POPULAR CULTURE The Virgin Mary was one of the most
powerful images of the Middle Ages, central to people's experience of Christianity
. During the Reformation, however, many images of the Virgin were destroyed, as
Protestantism rejected the way the medieval Church over-valued and sexualized
Mary. Although increasingly marginalized in Protestant thought and practice, her
traces ...

Tales of the Barbarians

Ethnography and Empire in the Roman West

Tales of the Barbarians traces the creation of new mythologies in the wake of Roman expansion westward to the Atlantic, and offers the first application of modern ethnographic theory to ancient material. Investigates the connections between empire and knowledge at the turn of the millennia, and the creation of new histories in the Roman West Explores how ancient geography, local histories and the stories of wandering heroes were woven together by Greek scholars and local experts Offers a fresh perspective by examining passages from ancient writers in a new light

Ethnography and Empire in the Roman West Greg Woolf. i For what follows, and
especially for encouragement to look at Manilius' ethnography, i am very grateful
to Duncan Kennedy. On Manilius' context see now Katharina Volk, Manilius and
his Intellectual Background (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009). %
Tamsyn Barton, Power and Knowledge. Astrology, physiognomics and medicine
under the Roman Empire (Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press, ...

Literary Chicago

A Book Lover's Tour of the Windy City

A collection of anecdotes and excerpts collected from Chicago's rich literary legacy, with profiles of the neighborhoods featured in key works and those that inspired some of the city's authors.

Many writers stayed here while working on their books, particularly during the
1930s and 1940s. Photo by Thayer Lindner. The Write Inn. Dr. William E. Barton
home 228 N. Oak Park Ave. Barton, author of a two-volume Life of Abraham
Lincoln, was the foremost Lincoln scholar before Carl Sandburg took his crown.
His son Bruce Barton became more famous than his father. He was a successful
advertising man and for many years was chairman of the advertising agency
Batten, Barton ...

Visions of the Other World in Middle English

Bibliography of and introduction to scholarship on medieval visions of the other world.

... ottobre 1986. Scrinium: quaderni ed estratti di Schede 26 Visions of the Other
World in Middle English.

English Romanticism and the Celtic World

English Romanticism and the Celtic World explores the way in which British Romantic writers responded to the national and cultural identities of the 'four nations' England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The essays collected here, by specialists in the field, interrogate the cultural centres as well as the peripheries of Romanticism, and the interactions between these. They underline 'Celticism' as an emergent strand of cultural ethnicity during the eighteenth century, examining the constructions of Celticness and Britishness in the Romantic period, including the ways in which the 'Celtic' countries viewed themselves in the light of Romanticism. Other topics include the development of Welsh antiquarianism, the Ossian controversy, Irish nationalism, Celtic landscapes, Romantic form and Orientalism. The collection covers writing by Blake, Wordsworth, Scott, Byron and Shelley, and will be of interest to scholars of Romanticism and Celtic studies.

English Romanticism and the Celtic World explores the way in which British
Romantic writers responded to the national and cultural identities of the 'four
nations' England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The essays collected here, by
specialists in the field, interrogate the cultural centres as well as the peripheries
of Romanticism, and the interactions between these. They underline 'Celticism'
as an emergent strand of cultural ethnicity during the eighteenth century,
examining the ...

Rilke, Europe, and the English-Speaking World

This 1961 text examines the complex of ambiguous attitudes which Rilke had towards Europe, in particular his hostility towards England and the English language. Professor Mason shows that Rilke identified England with forces which were robbing his Europe of its spiritual significance. The central passages of the Duino Elegies are thus seen from a fresh perspective.

RILKE'S REAL QUARREL WITH THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING WORLD But the
English invented political economy, and that is something for which the genius of
humanity will never forgive them. Naphta in THOMAS MANN'S Magic Mountain
the elaborate and far-reaching consequences he derived from it, was, at bottom,
not different from the kind of prejudice that many people of all countries easily
have against a language of which they know very little. Thus English and also
French ...

The Politics of English as a World Language

New Horizons in Postcolonial Cultural Studies

The complex politics of English as a world language provides the backdrop both for linguistic studies of varieties of English around the world and for postcolonial literary criticism. The present volume offers contributions from linguists and literary scholars that explore this common ground in a spirit of open interdisciplinary dialogue.Leading authorities assess the state of the art to suggest directions for further research, with substantial case studies ranging over a wide variety of topics - from the legitimacy of language norms of lingua franca communication to the recognition of newer post-colonial varieties of English in the online OED.Four regional sections treat the Caribbean (including the diaspora), Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Australasia and the Pacific Rim.Each section maintains a careful balance between linguistics and literature, and external and indigenous perspectives on issues. The book is the most balanced, complete and up-to-date treatment of the topic to date.

The Recording of Vocabulary from the Major Varieties of English in the Oxford
English Dictionary Jennie Price Senior Editor, OED Abstract The approach to
recording vocabulary from the major varieties of English in the Oxford English
Dictionary is described, from the First Edition (the New English Dictionary, or
N.E.D.) through the Supplements of 1933 and 1972- 86 and the Additions Series,
to the latest revisions and additions: the Third Edition, currently being published
in electronic ...