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  1. Core texts 6 items
    1. The Norton anthology of English literature (volume B) - Stephen Greenblatt, M. H. Abrams 2012

      Book Essential

    2. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare, Brian Gibbons 1988

      Book Essential

    3. Shakespeare's poems: Venus and Adonis, The rape of Lucrece and the shorter poems - William Shakespeare, Katherine Duncan-Jones, H.R. Woudhuysen 2007

      Book Essential

    4. 'Venus and Adonis' in The complete sonnets and poems - William Shakespeare, Colin Burrow 2002

      Book Recommended

    5. Twelfth Night: or, What you will - William Shakespeare, Keir Elam 2008

      Book Essential

    6. 'Tis pity she's a whore - John Ford, Brian Robert Morris 1992

      Book Essential

  2. Recently added titles 7 items
    1. Tasso's art and afterlives : the Gerusalemme liberata in England - Jason Lawrence 2017

      Book  Chapter 2, p. 55 - 94, on Spenser's 'Bowre of Blisse'.

    2. Masculinity and the hunt: Wyatt to Spenser - Catherine Bates, Inc ebrary, ebrary, Inc 2013 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    3. Shakespeare, sex, & love - Stanley W. Wells 2010

      Book 

    4. The Cambridge companion to Shakespeare's poetry - Patrick Gerard Cheney 2007 (electronic resource)

      Book 

  3. Recommended background reading 5 items
    One of the first things you will discover when you start reading English Renaissance literature is that the intellectual world is very different from our own. The following books offer a useful introduction to the period:
    1. Early modern English poetry: a critical companion - Cheney, Patrick Gerard, Hadfield, Andrew, Sullivan, Garrett A. 2007

      Book  Lots of useful essays

    2. A new companion to English Renaissance literature and culture - Hattaway, Michael 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book  Lots of usefull essays. Available as an eBook via the library catalogue

    3. Classical and Christian ideas in English Renaissance poetry: a student's guide - Rivers, Isabel 1994

      Book  Brief discussions of humanism, Platonism etc. to get you started

    4. English poetry of the sixteenth century - Waller, Gary F. 1986

      Book  Remains an excellent introduction

  4. Historical and Intellectual Context 37 items
    1. Renaissance thought - Black, Robert 2001

      Book 

    2. The renaissance and English humanism - Bush, John Nash Douglas 1958

      Book 

    3. Feminist readings of early modern culture: emerging subjects - Traub, Valerie, Kaplan, M. Lindsay, Callaghan, Dympna 1996

      Book 

    4. Enacting gender on the English Renaissance stage - Comensoli, Viviana, Russell, Anne c1999

      Book 

    5. Renaissance views of man - Davies, Stevie 1978

      Book 

    6. The rhetoric of the body from Ovid to Shakespeare - Enterline, Lynn 2000

      Book 

    7. A companion to English renaissance literature and culture - Hattaway, Michael 2000

      Book 

    8. Feminism and Renaissance studies - Hutson, Lorna 1999

      Book 

    9. English humanism: Wyatt to Cowley - Martindale, Joanna 1985 [i.e. 1984], 1985

      Book 

    10. Religion and culture in Renaissance England - McEachern, Claire Elizabeth, Shuger, Debora K. 1997

      Book 

    11. Women in early modern England, 1550-1720 - Mendelson, Sara Heller, Crawford, Patricia 1998 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    12. Impersonations: the performance of gender in Shakespeare's England - Orgel, Stephen Kitay 1996

      Book 

    13. Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England - Shepard, Alexandra Sept. 2006 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    14. Shakespeare and masculinity - Smith, Bruce R. 2000

      Book 

    15. The Elizabethan world picture - Tillyard, E. M. W. 1943

      Book 

  5. Books on specific authors and kinds

  6. A. POETRY

  7. 1. Poetry General 29 items
    1. Shakespeare and Elizabethan poetry - Bradbrook, Muriel Clara 1951

      Book 

    2. Early modern English poetry: a critical companion - Cheney, Patrick Gerard, Hadfield, Andrew, Sullivan, Garrett A. 2007

      Book 

    3. Reading sixteenth-century poetry - Cheney, Patrick Gerard 2011

      Book 

    4. Echoes of desire: English Petrarchism and its counterdiscourses - Dubrow, Heather 1995

      Book Recommended

    5. The Metaphysical Poets - T. S. Eliot 20/10/1921

      Article 

    6. The rhetoric of the body from Ovid to Shakespeare - Enterline, Lynn 2000

      Book 

    7. Shakespeare, Spenser, Donne: renaissance essays - Kermode, Frank, Spenser, Edmund, Donne, John 1971

      Book 

    8. Renaissance poetry - Malcolmson, Cristina 1998

      Book  A useful collection

    9. Medieval to Renaissance in English poetry - Spearing, Anthony Colin c1985

      Book 

    10. Renaissance poetry - Wu, Duncan 2002

      Book 

  8. 2. The Elizabethan Sonnet 11 items
    Many of the studies listed above under the heading of Poetry- General also cover the sonnet tradition, so do not overlook them!
    1. The Cambridge companion to the sonnet - Cousins, A. D., Howarth, Peter 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    2. The icy fire: five studies in European Petrarchism - Forster, Leonard Wilson 1969

      Book 

    3. The Elizabethan love sonnet - Lever, Julius Walter 1978

      Book 

    4. Petrarch and the English sonnet sequences - Roche, Thomas P. 1989

      Book 

    5. The development of the sonnet: an introduction - Spiller, Michael R. G. 1992

      Book 

  9. 3. Elizabethan Erotic Poetry 11 items
    1. Shakespeare and Ovid - Bate, Jonathan Dec. 1994 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended

    2. Sodomy and interpretation: Marlowe to Milton - Bredbeck, Gregory W. 1991

      Book 

    3. Elizabethan minor epics - Donno, Elizabeth Story 1963

      Book 

    4. Ovid and the Renaissance body - Stanivukovic, Goran V. c2001

      Book 

  10. B. DRAMA

  11. 1. Drama General 22 items
    1. The Cambridge companion to English Renaissance drama - Braunmuller, A. R., Hattaway, Michael 2003

      Book 

    2. A new history of early English drama - Kastan, David Scott, Cox, John D. 1997

      Book 

    3. A feminist perspective on Renaissance drama - Findlay, Alison Gail 1999

      Book  See especially the chapter on revenge tragedy as a feminine genre

    4. Playgoing in Shakespeare's London - Gurr, Andrew 1996

      Book 

    5. The Shakespearean stage - Gurr, Andrew 2009

      Book 

    6. A companion to Renaissance drama - Kinney, Arthur F. 2004

      Book 

    7. Fashioning femininity and English Renaissance drama - Newman, Karen 1991

      Book 

    8. Impersonations: the performance of gender in Shakespeare's England - Orgel, Stephen Kitay 1996

      Book 

    9. The Cambridge companion to English Renaissance tragedy - Smith, Emma, Sullivan, Garrett A. 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    10. New historicism and Renaissance drama - Dutton, Richard, Wilson, Richard 1992

      Book 

    11. English renaissance drama - Womack, Peter 2006

      Book 

  12. C. INDIVIDUAL WRITERS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

  13. 1. John Donne 54 items
    1. John Donne: life, mind, and art - Carey, John 1990

      Book 

    2. Moral identity in early modern English Literature - Cefalu, Paul c2004

      Book  See chapter 4 'The elect body in pain: Godly fear and sanctification in John Donne's poetry and prose'.

    3. Donne and the resources of kind - Cousins, A. D., Grace, Damian c2002

      Book 

    4. John Donne - Davies, Stevie, British Council 1994

      Book 

    5. John Donne, undone - Docherty, Thomas 1986

      Book 

    6. John Donne: man of flesh and spirit - Edwards, David L. 2002

      Book 

    7. The Metaphysical Poets - T. S. Eliot 20/10/1921

      Article 

    8. William Empson: essays on Renaissance literature - Empson, William, Haffenden, John 1993-1994

      Book 

    9. The Cambridge companion to John Donne - Guibbory, Achsah 2006 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    10. Soliciting interpretation: literary theory and seventeenth-century English poetry - Harvey, Elizabeth D., Maus, Katharine Eisaman 1990

      Book 

    11. Gender and the sacred self in John Donne - Hodgson, Elizabeth 1999

      Book 

    12. The theology of John Donne - Johnson, Jeffrey 1999

      Book 

    13. Shakespeare, Spenser, Donne: renaissance essays - Kermode, Frank, Spenser, Edmund, Donne, John 1971

      Book 

    14. John Donne and twentieth century criticism - Larson, Deborah Aldrich 1989

      Book 

    15. Donne: Songs and sonnets : a casebook - Lovelock, Julian, Donne, John 1973

      Book 

    16. John Donne, coterie poet - Marotti, Arthur F. 2008

      Book 

    17. Critical essays on John Donne - Marotti, Arthur F. 1994

      Book 

    18. John Donne's articulations of the feminine - Meakin, H. L. 1998 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    19. John Donne - Mousley, Andy 1999

      Book 

    20. The disinterred muse: Donne's texts and contexts - Novarr, David, Donne, John 1980

      Book 

    21. Donne's religious writing: a discourse of feigned devotion - Oliver, Paul M. 1997

      Book 

    22. John Donne: a literary life - Parfitt, George, Donne, John 1989

      Book 

    23. John Donne: language and style - Partridge, Astley Cooper, Donne, John 1978

      Book 

    24. Paradoxes and problems - Donne, John, Peters, Helen 1980

      Book  These witty paradoxes are thought to be Donne's earliest prose works

    25. John Donne's poetry - Sanders, Wilbur, Donne, John 1971

      Book 

    26. Literature and the body: essays on population and person - Scarry, Elaine 1988

      Book  Contains essays on Donne by Scarry and Christopher Ricks

    27. The variorum edition of the poetry of John Donne - Donne, John, Stringer, Gary A. 1995-2005

      Book  Volume 7, Part 1 'The holy sonnets'- includes detailed textual commentaries

    28. Donne: the reformed soul - Stubbs, John, Donne, John 2007

      Book  Highly readable

    29. John Donne - Sugg, Richard 2007

      Book 

    30. Donne, Castiglione, and the poetry of courtliness - Wiggins, Peter DeSa c2000

      Book 

  14. 2. John Ford 11 items
    1. 'Tis pity she's a whore - Simon Barker 1997

      Book 

    2. John Ford and the Caroline theatre - Dorothy Mary Farr, John Ford 1979

      Book 

    3. John Ford's political theatre - Lisa Hopkins 1994

      Book 

    4. John Ford: baroque English dramatist - Ronald Huebert, John Ford 1977

      Book 

    5. John Ford and the drama of his time - Clifford Leech, John Ford 1957

      Book 

    6. John Ford - Clifford Leech, John Ford 1964

      Book 

    7. Incest, drama and nature's law, 1550-1700 - Richard A. McCabe 1993

      Book 

    8. Webster and Ford - Rowland Wymer 1995

      Book 

  15. 3. Christopher Marlowe 32 items
    1. Sodomy and interpretation: Marlowe to Milton - Bredbeck, Gregory W. 1991

      Book 

    2. The Cambridge companion to Christopher Marlowe - Cheney, Patrick Gerard 2004 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    3. Marlowe's Empery: expanding his critical contexts - Deats, Sara Munson, Logan, Robert A. c2002

      Book 

    4. Constructing Christopher Marlowe - Downie, James Alan, Parnell, J.T. 2000

      Book 

    5. Christopher Marlowe and English renaissance culture - Roberts, Peter, Grantley, Darryll 1999

      Book 

    6. Christopher Marlowe - Healy, Thomas 1994

      Book 

    7. Christopher Marlowe: a literary life - Hopkins, Lisa 2000

      Book 

    8. Christopher Marlowe: poet for the stage - Leech, Clifford, Lancashire, Anne Begor 1986

      Book 

    9. Marlowe's Ganymede - McDonald, J. G.

      Chapter 

    10. The reckoning: the murder of Christopher Marlowe - Nicholl, Charles 1993

      Book 

    11. Marlowe - Oz, Avraham 2003

      Book 

    12. The world of Christopher Marlowe - Riggs, David c2004

      Book 

    13. Christopher Marlowe - Sales, Roger 1991

      Book 

    14. Rival playwrights: Marlowe, Jonson, Shakespeare - Shapiro, James S. 1991

      Book 

    15. A preface to Marlowe - Simkin, Stevie 2000

      Book  An approachable introduction

    16. Marlowe: a critical study - Steane, J.B. 1964

      Book 

    17. Christopher Marlowe: the plays and their sources - Thomas, Vivien, Tydeman, William 1994

      Book 

    18. Christopher Marlowe: a guide through the critical maze - Tydeman, William, Thomas, Vivien 1989

      Book 

    19. Christopher Marlowe - Wilson, Richard 1999

      Book 

  16. 4. William Shakespeare 43 items
    1. Shakespeare and Ovid - Bate, Jonathan Dec. 1994 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    2. A social history of the Fool - Sandra Billington 1984

      Book 

    3. Images of Shakespeare: proceedings of the Third Congress of the International Shakespeare Association, 1986 - Werner Habicht, D. J. Palmer, Roger Pringle, International Shakespeare Association. Congress(3rd: 1986: Berlin) 1988

      Book  see Ann Pasternak-Slater, 'Petrarchanism come true in 'Romeo and Juliet', pp. 129-150.

    4. The early Shakespeare - Albert Charles Hamilton, Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery 1967

      Book 

    5. Venus and Adonis: critical essays - Kolin, Philip C. 1997

      Book 

    6. Shakespeare's comedy of love - Leggatt, Alexander 1974

      Book 

    7. The Cambridge companion to Shakespearean comedy - Leggatt, Alexander 2002 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    8. Romeo and Juliet - Jill L. Levenson 1987

      Book 

    9. Romeo and Juliet: a critical reader - Julia Reinhard Lupton 2016 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    10. Shakespeare early comedies: a casebook - Mason, Pamela 1995

      Book 

    11. Narrating the visual in Shakespeare - Meek, Richard c2009

      Book  See especially the chapter on 'Venus and Adonis', pp. 29- 54

    12. Comic transformations in Shakespeare - Ruth Nevo 1980

      Book  Chapter 11 on '12th Night'

    13. Shakespeare and the romance tradition - Pettet, Ernest Charles 1949

      Book 

    14. Shakespeare and women - Rackin, Phyllis 2005 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    15. Shakespeare's comedies - Smith, Emma 2004

      Book 

    16. 'The Sonnet's Body and the Body Sonnetized in 'Romeo and Juliet' in 'Shakespeare Quarterly' - Whittier Gayle 1989

      Journal  journal article in volume 40 (1989), pp. 27-41.

  17. 5. Sir Philip Sidney 25 items
    1. Sir Philip Sidney and the English renaissance - Buxton, John, Sidney, Philip 1954

      Book 

    2. Sir Philip Sidney: courtier poet - Duncan-Jones, Katherine, Sidney, Philip 1991

      Book 

    3. Sidney and Spenser: the poet as maker - Heninger, S.K. c1989

      Book 

    4. Sir Philip Sidney, cultural icon - Hillyer, Richard 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    5. Sidney's poetry: contexts and interpretations - Kalstone, David Michael, Sidney, Philip 1965

      Book 

    6. Sidney in retrospect - Kinney, Arthur F. 1988

      Book 

    7. The Elizabethan love sonnet - Lever, Julius Walter 1978

      Book 

    8. Sidney's poetic development - Rudenstine, Neil L., Sidney, Philip 1967

      Book 

    9. Philip Sidney and the poetics of Renaissance cosmopolitanism - Stillman, Robert E. c2008

      Book 

    10. Sir Philip Sidney and the Sidney circle - Woodcock, Matthew 2010

      Book 

  18. 6. Edmund Spenser 27 items
    1. The poetry of the Faerie Queene - Alpers, Paul J., Spenser, Edmund 1967

      Book 

    2. Spenser: "The faerie queene" : a casebook - Bayley, Peter 1977

      Book  Slightly dated

    3. Edmund Spenser - Spenser, Edmund, Burrow, Colin 1996

      Book 

    4. Milton, Spenser and the epic tradition - Cook, Patrick J. 1999

      Book 

    5. Studies in Spenser's historical allegory - Greenlaw, Edwin Almiron, Spenser, Edmund, Johns Hopkins University 1932

      Book 

    6. The Cambridge companion to Spenser - Hadfield, Andrew 2001 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    7. The Spenser encyclopedia - Hamilton, Albert Charles, Spenser, Edmund 1990

      Book  Library use only

    8. The faerie queene: a reader's guide - Heale, Elizabeth 1999

      Book 

    9. Sidney and Spenser: the poet as maker - Heninger, S.K. c1989

      Book 

    10. A preface to The Faerie Queene - Hough, Graham Goulder, Spenser, Edmund 1962

      Book 

    11. Shakespeare, Spenser, Donne: renaissance essays - Kermode, Frank, Spenser, Edmund, Donne, John 1971

      Book 

    12. Image ethics in Shakespeare and Spenser - Knapp, James A. 2011 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    13. The Oxford handbook of Edmund Spenser - McCabe, Richard Anthony 2010

      Book 

    14. The analogy of The Faerie Queene - Nohrnberg, James 1976

      Book 

    15. Spenser and Ovid - Pugh, Syrithe c2005

      Book 

    16. Spenser's secret career - Rambuss, Richard 1993

      Book 

    17. Spenser - Shepherd, Simon 1989

      Book 

    18. A preface to Spenser - Shire, Helena Mennie 1978

      Book 

    19. Allegory - Tambling, Jeremy 2010

      Book  Includes a brief discussion of Spenser and 'The Bower of Bliss'

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