© 2009

The Forms of Renaissance Thought

New Essays in Literature and Culture

  • Leonard Barkan
  • Bradin Cormack
  • Sean Keilen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: “The Form of Things Unknown”: Renaissance Studies in a New Millennium

  3. Reception, Renovation, Renaissance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Leonard Barkan
      Pages 15-45
    3. Sean Keilen
      Pages 46-74
    4. Margreta de Grazia
      Pages 86-106
  4. Desire and the Disorganized Body

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Jonathan Goldberg
      Pages 109-126
    3. Bradin Cormack
      Pages 127-149
    4. Peter Holland
      Pages 150-169
  5. Intimate Matters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. A. R. Braunmuller
      Pages 201-224
    3. Anston Bosman
      Pages 225-245
    4. William H. Sherman
      Pages 246-260
    5. Ann Rosalind Jones, Peter Stallybrass
      Pages 261-276
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 277-284

About this book


This book addresses works of the European Renaissance as they relate both to the world of their origins and to a modern culture that turns to the early moderns for methodological provocation and renewal. It charts the most important developments in the field since the turn towards cultural and ideological features of the Renaissance imagination.


English literature essay Europe Renaissance

Editors and affiliations

  • Leonard Barkan
    • 1
  • Bradin Cormack
    • 2
  • Sean Keilen
    • 3
  1. 1.Princeton UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of ChicagoUSA
  3. 3.The College of William and MaryUSA

About the editors

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.

Bibliographic information


'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