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A comely gate to so rich and glorious a citie’: The Paratextual Architecture of the Rheims New Testament and the King James Bible  

Katrin Ettenhuber

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Aug 2015
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Nov 2015
This chapter examines Miles Smith’s King James Bible preface, ‘The Translators to the Reader’, excavating the polemical, hermeneutic, and literary contexts that frame the preface and ... More

“A Curious Sort of Book”: Jack London’s and the Politics of Prison Reform  

Susan I. Gatti

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
A bold, imaginative work, The Star Rover demonstrates Jack London’s inventive approach to the social-protest genre. London mixes in the typical problem-novel ingredients: gritty, realistic ... More

‘A day after doomsday’: Cranmer and the Bible Translations of the 1530s  

Susan Wabuda

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Aug 2015
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Nov 2015
This chapter explores the inaugural moment for the English Reformation, and for the rendering of the scriptures in English within a national church. In May 1530, Henry VIII began to ... More

‘A king like other nations’: Political Theory and the Hebrew Republic in the Early Modern Age  

Kim Ian Parker

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Aug 2015
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Nov 2015
This chapter deals with the largely neglected field of political Hebraism. Biblical citations are ubiquitous in virtually all political discussion in the seventeenth century, yet the ... More

‘A Law in This Matter to Himself’: Contextualizing Milton's Divorce Tracts  

Sharon Achinstein

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The divorce tracts, which consist of four prose pamphlets published between August 1643 and March 1645, represent a significant and underappreciated development in John Milton's theorizing ... More

‘A Mind of Most Exceptional Energy’: Verse Rhythm in Paradise Lost  

John Creaser

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The sketch of prosodic theory presented in this article helps to clarify how the blank verse of Paradise Lost is virtually a new beginning and transmits a quite un-Shakespearean energy. ... More

“A Music Numerous as Space”: Cognitive Environment and the House that Lyric Builds  

Sharon Lattig

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Aug 2014
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Mar 2014
This article examines the concept of cognitive environment in relation to ecocriticism. It discusses Gaston Bachelard’s analysis, in his The Poetics of Space, of historian Jules Michelet’s ... More

‘A Potted Peace/Lily’? Northern Irish Poetry Since the Ceasefires  

Miriam Gamble

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Oct 2012
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Jan 2013
In the 1990s, ceasefires were adopted in Ireland, followed in 2007 by the institution of devolved government at Stormont. With the Troubles now gone, the country has experienced a dramatic ... More

‘A Thousand Fantasies’: The Lady and the Maske  

Ann Baynes Coiro

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
John Milton put A Maske presented at Ludlow Castle in the middle of his authorial identity when he announced that he was an important writer. A Maske has often been linked with Pleasure ... More

The Abbey and the Idea of a Theatre  

Ben Levitas

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Jul 2016
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Sep 2016
The Irish national theatre movement developed in the ferment of cultural nationalism at the turn of the century, but it was not at all clear what form a national theatre should take: an ... More

The Abbey Theatre and the Irish State  

Lauren Arrington

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Jul 2016
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Sep 2016
The aesthetic principles of education and representation that Yeats and Gregory set out at the founding of the Abbey Theatre enabled the directorate to cultivate a relationship with the ... More

Abiezer Coppe and the Ranters  

Ariel Hessayon

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Nov 2012
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Jan 2013
This article focuses on the Ranters, who have been described as ‘forming the extreme left wing of the sects’, both theologically and politically. Combining a ‘pantheistic mysticism and a ... More

Abolition and Activism: The Present Uses of Literary Criticism  

James Dawes

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the relationship between literary critical practice and human rights, and describes the present uses of literary criticism. It analyzes an example of abolitionism and ... More

Acephalous Authority: Satire in Butler, Marvell, and Dryden  

Clement Hawes

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Nov 2012
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Jan 2013
This article discusses the satires of Samuel Butler, Andrew Marvell, and John Dryden. All three authors convey a strongly satirical take on the volatile Zeitgeist — its mood of damaged and ... More

Acquiring Wisdom: Teaching Texts and the Lore of the People  

Daniel Anlezark

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article examines the acquisition of wisdom through literary text in medieval England. The most famous collections of wisdom in the Middle Ages were found in two Old Testament books ... More

Acting Real: Cinema, Stage, and the Modernity of Performance in Chinese Silent Film  

Jason McGrath

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Apr 2013
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Oct 2013
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Literature, Film
This chapter examines the critical discourse on acting in early Chinese cinema, and particularly the ways in which the contrast of film acting with stage acting exemplified broader ... More

“Action, Action, Action”: Nineteenth-Century Literature for Twenty-First-Century Citizenship?  

Russ Castronovo and Dana D. Nelson

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines what can be learned from nineteenth-century American literature regarding twenty-first-century citizenship. It investigates how the intellectual project of reading ... More

Active and Contemplative Lives  

Jennifer Summit

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Jun 2010
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Nov 2015
This article examines the debate over the vita activa versus the vita contemplativa in England across the late medieval and early modern periods. After considering the inversion of the ... More

Actors and Puppets From Henry Irving’s Lyceum To Edward Gordon Craig’s Arena Goldoni  

Olga Taxidou

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Oct 2016
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Dec 2016
This chapter explores the ‘aesthetics of catastrophe’ that informs the stage experiments of the period, epitomized by Edward Gordon Craig’s essay-manifesto of 1909, ‘The Actor and the ... More

Actors' Parts  

Tiffany Stern

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
When Quince first meets his actors in A Midsummer Night's Dream, he tells them who they will be playing and a little about their fictional characters. He also distributes to the actors ... More

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