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English Language and Literature

Renaissance Literature - A Sample of In-depth Works from our Collection


English Literature in the Earlier Seventeenth Century, 1600-1660

Drexel Library Book Shelves (2nd floor) PR431.B97       
This source offers a critical survey of the literary scope of the time period of the early 17th century in England. Chapters include thorough discussions of Spenser, Donne and Jonson, as well as aspects of political, scientific and religious thoughts of the time.

The English Drama in the Age of Shakespeare

Drexel Library Book Shelves (2nd floor) PR651.C91E   
This work presents a group of discussions that probe the English Renaissance drama from various angles: poetic, social, historical, dramatic, etc. Other contemporary playwrights are discussed alongside Shakespeare, giving a broad look at Elizabethan theater.

The Shakespearean Moment and Its Place in the Poetry of the 17th Century

Drexel Library Book Shelves (2nd floor) PR541.C95      
An important work of English Renaissance criticism, this book discusses the artistic tones of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, comparing and contrasting the poetry of others, particularly John Donne, with Shakespeare's own work.

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare
This volume offers essays meant to be a comprehensive introduction to the study of Shakespeare, in literary, theatrical and historical terms. The texts are searchable and include chronologies and a bibliographic essay.

Other collections of essays included in The Cambridge Collections Online:

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's History Plays
The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's Poetry
The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Stage