March 30 - April 4, 2021: The Forty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America

Welcome to the virtual conference booth of Medieval Institute Publications at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America! Below you can find our featured titles, series flyers, and acquisitions and editorial information

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featured titles

Early Drama, Art, and Music

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Cover image of From the Romans to the Normans on the English Renaissance StageFrom the Romans to the Normans on the English Renaissance Stage

By Lisa Hopkins

This book examines the late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century engagement with a crucial part of Britain's past, the period between the withdrawal of the Roman legions and the Norman Conquest, and considers the extent to which ideas about early modern English and British national, religious, and political identities were rooted in cultural constructions of the pre-Conquest past.

ISBN 978-1-58044-279-4 (clothbound), 978-1-58044-280-0 (PDF) © 2017

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Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture

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Dismemberment in the Medieval and Early Modern English Imaginary: The Performance of Difference

By Frederika Elizabeth Bain

The medieval and early modern English imaginary encompasses a broad range of dismemberments. This study argues that representations of bodily fragmentation illustrated and performed acts of exclusion and inclusion, detaching not only limbs from bodies but individuals from identity groups. Bain examines questions of legitimate and illegitimate violence, showing that such distinctions largely rested upon particular acts’ assumed symbolic meanings.

ISBN: 978-1-50151-786-0 (clothbound), 978-1-50151-323-7 (PDF), 978-1-50151-295-7 (EPUB) © 2020

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New Directions in Early Modern English Drama: Edges, Spaces, Intersections

Edited by Aidan Norrie and Mark Houlahan

This collection examines some of the people, places, and plays at the edge of early modern English drama. Engaging with topics such as child actors, alterity, sexuality, foreignness, and locality, this volume demonstrates the people and concepts long seen as on the edge of early modern English drama made vital contributions both within the fictive worlds of early modern plays, and without, in the real worlds of playmakers, theatres, and audiences.

ISBN 978-1-50151-821-8 (clothbound), 978-1-50151-374-9 (PDF), 978-1-50151-402-9 (EPUB) © 2020

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Roman Women in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

Edited by Domenico Lovascio

This volume explores with an unprecedented thoroughness and variety of perspectives the diverse issues connected to female identities in the early modern English plays set in ancient Rome. Roman Women in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries puts Shakespeare’s Roman world in dialogue with a number of Roman plays by writers as diverse as Matthew Gwinne, Ben Jonson, John Fletcher, Philip Massinger, Thomas May, and Nathanael Richards. Thus, the collection seeks to challenge conventional wisdom about the plays under scrutiny by specifically focusing on their female rather than male characters, as well as sharpening our awareness of the fact that the Roman world on the early modern stage cannot be straightforwardly and simplistically equated with Shakespeare’s.

ISBN 978-1-50151-856-0 (clothbound), 978-1-50151-420-3 (PDF), 978-1-50151-405-0 (EPUB) © 2020

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Convents and Novices in Early Modern English Dramatic Works

By Vanessa L. Rapatz

This study examines how the English came to terms with the meanings of convents and novices even after they disappeared from the physical and social landscape. In five chapters, it traces convents and novices across a range of dramatic texts by such writers as William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Margaret Cavendish, and Aphra Behn. Convents, novices, and problem plays emerge as parallel sites of ambiguity that reflect the social, political, and religious uncertainties England faced after the Reformation.

ISBN 978-1-50151-790-7 (clothbound), 978-1-50151-334-3 (PDF), 978-1-50151-314-5 (EPUB) © 2020

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Greeks and Trojans on the Early Modern English Stage

By Lisa Hopkins

The Trojan prince Aeneas was supposedly the ancestor of the Tudors; given the English connection, no story was more interesting to Shakespeare and his contemporaries than that of Troy. This book explores the wide range of allusions to Greece and Troy in plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Chettle, Ford and Beaumont and Fletcher, looking not only at plays actually set in Greece or Troy but also those which draw on characters and motifs from Greek mythology and the Trojan War.

ISBN 978-1-50151-858-4 (clothbound) © 2019

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The Unruly Womb in Early Modern English Drama: Plotting Women's Biology on the Stage

By Ursula A. Potter

This study provides an accessible, informative and entertaining introduction to women’s sexual health as presented on the early modern stage, and how dramatists coded for it. Beginning with the rise of green sickness (the disease of virgins) from its earliest reference in drama in the 1560s, Ursula Potter traces a continuing fascination with the womb by dramatists through to the oxymoron of the chaste sex debate in the 1640s. She illuminates how playwrights both satirized and perpetuated the notion of the womb’s insatiable appetite.

ISBN 978-1-58044-370-8 (clothbound) © 2019

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Elizabeth I, the Subversion of Flattery, and John Lyly's Plays and Entertainments

By Theodora A. Jankowski

Theodora Jankowski looks at both the light and the dark side of the Elizabeth character in each of John Lyly's court plays, while at the same time considering how that allegory works in terms of the various issues Lyly debates within the plays. She demonstrates how Lyly, while praising the queen and accepting her beneficence, simultaneously manages to present his audiences with the "dark queen," the opposite side of the positive image of the Queen of England.

ISBN 978-1-58044-333-3 (clothbound), 978-1-58044-334-0 (PDF) © 2018

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Ludic Cultures, 1100-1700

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Acquisitions Editor: Tyler Cloherty

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Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games

By Allison Levy

An innovative volume of fifteen interdisciplinary essays at the nexus of material culture, performance studies, and game theory, Playthings in Early Modernity emphasizes the rules of the game(s) as well as the breaking of those rules. Thus, the titular "plaything" is understood as both an object and a person, and play, in the early modern world, is treated not merely as a pastime, a leisurely pursuit, but as a pivotal part of daily life, a strategic psychosocial endeavor.

LC Monograph 1, ISBN 978-1-58044-260-2 (clothbound), 978-1-58044-261-9 (PDF) © 2017

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Monsters, Prodigies and Demons: Medieval and Early Modern Constructions of Alterity

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Acquisitions Editor: Ilse Schweitzer Van Donkelaar

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Portraits of Human Monsters in the Renaissance: Dwarves, Hirsutes, and Castrati as Idealized Anatomical Anomalies

By Touba Ghadessi, Wheaton College

At the center of this interdisciplinary study are court monsters - dwarves, hirsutes, and misshapen individuals - who, by their very presence, altered Renaissance ethics vis-à-vis anatomical difference, social virtues, and scientific knowledge. The study traces how these monsters evolved from objects of curiosity, to scientific cases, to legally independent beings. The works examined here point to the intricate cultural, religious, ethical, and scientific perceptions of monstrous individuals who were fixtures in contemporary courts.

ISBN 978-1-58044-275-6 (clothbound), 978-1-58044-276-3 (PDF) © 2018

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Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

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Acquisitions Editor: Shannon Cunningham

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Sacred Journeys in the Counter-Reformation: Long Distance Pilgrimage in North-Western Europe

By Elizabeth Caroline Tingle

This book examines long-distance pilgrimages to ancient, international shrines in northwestern Europe in the two centuries after Luther. The central focus is that of agency in religious change: what drove spiritual reform and what were its consequences for the 'ordinary' Catholic? This is explored through concepts of the religious self, holy materiality, and sacred space.

Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture XXVII, ISBN 978-1-50151-815-5 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-50151-438-8 (PDF), ISBN 978-1-50151-413-5 (EPUB), © 2020

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The Shadow of Dante in French Renaissance Lyric: Scève's Délie

By Alison Baird Lovell

Scholars generally consider the sequence of dense, epigrammatic dizains that comprise Maurice Scève's lyric sequence Délie to be an early example of French Renaissance imitation of Petrarch's lyric poetry. While Petrarch's Canzoniere is an important source for Scève's Délie, both works are part of a long poetic lineage that includes Occitan troubadours. The book argues that the 'Petrarchan' label is problematic for Scève's Délie, and reveals Dante Alighieri as a relevant predecessor and source.

ISBN 978-1-50151-797-6 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-50151-359-6 (PDF), 978-1-50151-346-6 (EPUB), © 2020

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Early Modern Britain's Relationship to Its Past: The Historiographical Fortunes of the Legends of Brute, Albina, and Scota

By Philip Mark Robinson-Self

This volume considers the reception in the early modern period of four popular medieval myths of nationhood—the legends of Brutus, Albina, and Scota—tracing their intertwined literary and historiographical afterlives.

ISBN 978-1-58044-351-7 (hardback), 978-1-58044-352-4 (PDF), 978-3-11-062668-1 (EPUB) © 2018

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The Valiant Welshman, the Scottish James, and the Formation of Great Britain

By Megan S. Lloyd

This book explores how R.A.'s play "The Valiant Welshman" reflected contemporary hopes and fears about the potential unification of England and Scotland during the reign of James VI of Scotland and I of England.

ISBN 978-1-58044-353-1 (hardback), 978-1-58044-354-8 (PDF), 978-3-11-062540-0 (EPUB) © 2018

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Architectural Rhetoric in Shakespeare and Spenser

Jennifer Vaught

This book illustrates how architectural rhetoric in Shakespeare and Spenser provides a bridge between the human body and mind and the nonhuman world of stone and timber.

ISBN 978-1-50151-793-8 (hardback), 978-1-5015-1315-2 (PDF), 978-1-5015-1309-1 (EPUB) © 2019

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Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, and the Nature of Fame

Robert A. Logan

Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, and the Nature of Fame is a characterological study offering new perspectives on Antony and Cleopatra, the most ambiguous of Shakespeare's plays. It also offers new insights about the origins and nature of Shakespeare's imperishable fame. Wide-ranging in its concerns, this monograph promises to make an essential difference in the way scholars view characterizations, fame, Shakespeare's reputation, and the eminence of the celebrated figures of the play.

ISBN 978-1-58044-319-7 (hardback), 978-1-58044-320-3 (PDF), 978-1-5015-1285-8 (EPUB) © 2018

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Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

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Acquisitions Editor: Shannon Cunningham

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The Feeling Heart in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Meaning, Embodiment, and Making

Edited by Katie Barclay and Bronwyn Reddan

In medieval and early modern Europe, the “feeling heart” informed a broad range of art, literature, music, heraldry, medical texts, and devotional and ritual practices. This book highlights the range of meanings attached to the symbol of the heart, the relationship between physical and metaphorical representations of the heart, and the uses of the heart in the production of identities and communities.

ISBN 978-1-50151-787-7 (hardback), 978-1-50151-327-5 (PDF), 978-1-50151-322-0 (EPUB), © 2019

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Polemic and Literature Surrounding French Wars of Religion

Edited by Katherine Maynard and Jeff Kendrick

Engaging the continuous casting and recasting of opposing worldviews, this collection of essays examines literature's use of polemic and polemic's use of literature as seminal intellectual developments stemming from the religious and social turmoil that characterized sixteenth-century France. Contributions explore both literary texts (prose, poetry, and theater) and more intentionally polemical texts that fall outside of the traditional literary genres.

ISBN 978-1-50151-803-4 (hardback) © 2019

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Blind Spots of Knowledge in Shakespeare and His World: A Conversation

Edited by Subha Mukherji

A "blind spot" suggests an obstructed view, a partisan perception, or a localized lack of understanding. Just as the brain "reads" the "blind spot" of the visual field by a curious process of readjustment, Shakespearean drama disorients us with moments of unmastered and unmasterable knowledge, recasting the way we see, know, and think about knowing. Focusing on such moments of apparent obscurity, this volume puts methods and motives of knowing under the spotlight.

ISBN 978-1-58044-365-4 (hardback), 978-3-11-066199-6 (PDF), 978-3-11-066044-9 (EPUB) © 2019

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Memorializing the Middle Classes in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Edited by Anne Leader

This study investigates commemorative practices in Cyprus, Flanders, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain between the twelfth and seventeenth centuries. Offering a broad overview of memorialization practices across Europe and the Mediterranean, individual chapters examine local customs through particular case studies. These essays explore complementary themes through the lens of commemorative art, including social status; personal and corporate identities; the intersections of mercantile, intellectual, and religious attitudes; upward (and downward) mobility; and the cross-cultural exchange of memorialization strategies.

ISBN 978-158044-345-6 (hardback), 978-158044-346-3 (PDF), 978-3-11-062542-4 (EPUB) © 2018

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Emotion and the Seduction of the Senses, Baroque to Neo-Baroque

Edited by Lisa Beaven and Angela Ndalianis

This book examines the relationship between the cultural productions of the baroque in the seventeenth century and the neo-baroque in our contemporary world. The volume illuminates how, rather than providing rationally ordered visual realms, both the baroque and the neo-baroque construct complex performative spaces whose spectacle seeks to embrace, immerse, and seduce the senses and solicit the emotions of the beholder.

ISBN 978-158044-271-8 (hardback), 978-158044-272-5(PDF) © 2018

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Early Drama, Art and Music

Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture

Ludic Cultures, 1100-1700

Monsters, Prodigies, and Demons: Medieval and Early Modern Constructions of Alterity

Premodern Transgressive Literatures

Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture/Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

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acquisitions and editorial information

 Our acquisitions editors would love to hear from you to discuss potential publication ideas and book proposals!

Tyler Cloherty

Tyler Cloherty

With over a decade as an editor in scholarly publishing, Tyler acquires titles in medieval and Renaissance history for Medieval Institute Publications, and is also proud to manage MIP's TEAMS series of classroom texts in medieval studies. As a copyeditor, Tyler's experience spans a range of scholarly genres, including popular culture, the performing arts, civil war history, literary theory, and medieval literature and history. She particularly enjoys editing the work of non-native English speakers.

Series

Early Drama, Art and Music
Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance and Material Culture
Ludic Cultures, 1100-1700

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Shannon Cunningham


Shannon CunninghamShannon studied Old Norse and Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (MA): her expertise in medieval studies is complemented by her long-standing interest in modern philosophy and critical theory. This background has fed directly into Shannon’s interest in publishing, and she began working with Brepols Publishers and Medieval Institute Publications in 2011. Shannon is committed to helping scholars develop their work to its very best and sharing their research findings with the wider community beyond traditional disciplinary lines. Beyond her work in publishing, she is a registered yoga teacher and craft coffee connoisseur based in sunny Milwaukee,  Wisconsin.

Series:

Christianities Before Modernity
Premodern Transgressive Literatures
Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture
Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

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Ilse Schweitzer VanDonkelaar

Ilse Schweitzer VanDonkelaar

Ilse is Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. She completed her Ph.D. at Western Michigan University, where her dissertation focused on Old English ecologies. Ilse is on the advisory board of the Medieval Ecocriticisms working group and has published on topics including teaching environmental literature, the Anglo-Saxon "Soul and Body" poems, and death in the Icelandic sagas.

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Monsters, Prodigies and Demons: Medieval and Early Modern Constructions of Alterity

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