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Description - Formal Matters by Allison Deutermann

How do the formal properties of early modern texts, together with the materials that envelop and shape them, relate to the cultural, political, and social world of their production? Formal matters: Reading the materials of English Renaissance literature answers this question by linking formalist analysis with the insights of book history. It thus represents the new English Renaissance literary historiography tying literary composition to the materials and material practices of writing. The book combines studies of familiar and lesser known texts, from the poems and plays of Shakespeare to jests and printed commonplace books. Its ten studies make important, original contributions to research on the genres of early modern literature, focusing on the involvement of literary forms in the scribal and print cultures of compilation, continuation, translation, and correspondence, as well as in matters of political republicanism and popular piety, among others. Taken together, the collection's essays exemplify how an attention to form and matter can historicise writing without abandoning a literary focus. -- .

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780719085536
ISBN-10: 0719085535
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Allison Deutermann

Allison K. Deutermann is Assistant Professor of English at Baruch College, City University of New York Andras Kisery is Assistant Professor of English at The City College of New York, City University of New York -- .