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Renaissance Literature: An Anthology (Blackwell Anthologies) [Paperback]

Michael Payne , John C. Hunter
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19 Dec 2002 Blackwell Anthologies
Responding to the broadening of the canon in recent years, this accessible anthology balances a generous selection of familiar Renaissance figures with important texts by women writers.

  • Includes important texts by women writers alongside more familiar Renaissance masters.
  • Offers many key works of the period in their entirety.
  • Introductions and annotations to the texts reflect the developments in critical and cultural theory as well as the current state of Renaissance scholarship.
  • One of the first anthologies to include cross–references to materials available on the Internet.


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  • Paperback: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (19 Dec 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631198989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631198987
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.1 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Arranged chronologically, these selections of prose pieces, carols, ballads, songs, and hymns contain introductory notes, suggested readings, and footnotes. Also included are bibliographical references, indexes, and cross references to the Internet resources. Strongly recommended for all libraries." Library Journal

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Responding to the broadening of the canon in recent years, this accessible anthology makes available the most important poetry and prose from the period between the accession of Henry VIII in 1509 and the English Revolution of 1640. Arranged chronologically, generous selections of familiar Renaissance figures, such as More, Wyatt, Tyndale, Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Bacon, and Donne, are complemented by a strong emphasis on women writers, including Queen Elizabeth, Aemilia Lanyer, Rachel Speght, Mary Sidney, Martha Moulsworth, Lady Mary Wroth, and Elizabeth Cary. A range of prose works, including biblical translations, illustrates the development of English prose style over the period. The volume also offers a copious selection of carols, ballads, songs, and hymns.

Helpful introductions and annotations to the newly–edited texts reflect recent developments in cultural and critical theory as well as the current state of Renaissance scholarship. The anthology also contains cross–references to material available on the Internet.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion or introduction to the period! 27 May 2008
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I used this book during my degree course, and it came in use no end. It has a large selection of texts, both recognised classics and less familiar ones. A particularly useful aspect is that it has both poetic and prose works that are interesting for their literary value and also a number of texts whose historical value is very high, although of course all the texts have both historical and literary value.
There is a good chunk of Spenser, which is enough to introduce you to him, (although to study further a more annotated version would be helpful), and helpings of the other main poets like Wyatt, Surrey, Sidney, Jonson, Marlowe, Donne and Herbert. It is also interesting to find poems from monarchs and prominent courtiers thrown in there as well, which give a sense that most of the people reading the poetry of Sidney, and other poets who circulated their writings in the courts in manuscript form, also wrote it!
The prose is also strong, including excerpts from translations of the bible and other texts, colonial literature, political writings, and a snippet of Walton's 'The Compleat Angler'.
For me a really exciting aspect was a number of anonymous ballads, and carols, which show that there was artistic activity happening not only in the courts and mansions, but also in the folk tradition of the people who had to work for a living.
It has come in handy for revising for exams, searching for interesting texts to use in my essays, and getting a sense of the period as a whole. Finally, it has saved me a great deal of money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 27 Sep 2005
By Michael Jacobs VINE VOICE
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There's a lot of stuff in here. The standard Norton anthologies of English Literature must have about 20-25% of the stuff that's in here. If you're very much in to, or would like to become more in to, Renaissance Literature, it's a very good book.
As it's not the type of book to be read from cover to cover, I havn't done this myself (and don't really intend on doing so!), but when wishing to dip in, there's always something of relevance and/or interest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars very interesting but hard on the eyes 23 Sep 2009
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Unfortunately this book is not readable for very long, as it is printed in typeface 6 or less, and the ink in some copies is quite faint, which coupled with the thin paper, makes it very tough on even young eyes. I had to get a magnyfing ruler in order to read it. I normally have no trouble in reading small print
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2.0 out of 5 stars Illegible font 11 Mar 2003
By J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ignoring the normal quibbles anyone would have with anthologies' selections is easy when you check out Payne and Hunter's volume--or, rather, try to check it out. Like others in the Blackwell series, _Renaissance Literature_ is rendered useless by its size print: far too small to be seen comfortably for even a moment, far FAR too small if you'd like to read, say, _The Faerie Queen_. Not recommended, not recommendable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 1 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Renaissance Literature has a very well chosen, wide-ranging selection of material from the period, but unfortunately the production quality is low; it seems as though all the effort went into the glossy cover. The paper is too thin, the print so very small and close together that it really hurts the eyes. Misprints are common. The annotation provided is wildly inconsistent; some items have many useful (if nearly illegible) footnotes, others none at all. If the book were pulled from circulation, re-edited, and re-issued in legible form, it could be an excellent resource, far more ample in content than the dominant Norton Anthology; unfortunately, it isn't really useable as it is.
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