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Re: Textbooks
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0350.  Monday, 1 May 1995.
 
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        Date:   Friday, 28 Apr 1995 22:34:13 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0349 Qs: Textbooks
 
(2)     From:   Luc Borot <
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        Date:   Monday, 1 May 1995 11:19:20 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0349  Qs: Textbooks on the Bible in Eng Lit
 
 
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Date:           Friday, 28 Apr 1995 22:34:13 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 6.0349 Qs: Textbooks
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0349 Qs: Textbooks
 
Re Gayle Gaskill's inquiry on textbooks about Elizabeth, it's hard to know
where to begin.  Susan Frye's new book (Oxford UP) "Elizabeth I: The
Competition for Representation," is quite good, although without knowing the
specifics of your course, I can't be certain that it will be what you're
looking for.  Susan Bassnett's "Elizabeth I: A Feminist Perspective" is an
interesting variant on/critique of the traditional studies of Elizabeth.
Alison Plowden's work (unfortunately, its title escapes me for the moment) is
also useful.  If you're looking for a straight biography, Christopher Hibbert's
"The Virgin Queen: The Personal History of Elizabeth I" is a good one (although
there are many others).  Lisa Jardine's "Stil Harping on Daughters: Women and
Drama in the Age of Shakespeare" is a good study of women during the sixteenth
and seventeenth centuries, with a chapter devoted to Elizabeth.  I have not yet
read Carole Levin's "The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the
Politics of Sex and Power," but it sounds like it might be useful to you.
 
Grant Moss
UNC-Chapel Hill

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Date:           Monday, 1 May 1995 11:19:20 +0100
Subject: 6.0349  Qs: Textbooks on the Bible in Eng Lit
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0349  Qs: Textbooks on the Bible in Eng Lit
 
In SHAKSPER Vol. 6, No. 0349, on Friday, 28 April 1995, Gayle Gaskill
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>1.  The Bible in literture.
>2.  The Age of Elizabeth: Politics and Literature in the Reign of Elizabeth I.
 
As regards item #1, one should read Northrop Frye's *The Great Code, or the
Bible as Literature* (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983) to start a study
of the presence of Scripture in Literature by a presentation of the literary
status of the "holy library" constituted by these two bodies of writing (OT and
NT).
 
Christopher Hill's *The English Bible and the Seventeenth-Century Revolution*
(London: Allen Lane, the Penguin Press, 1993) may be another source, for the
XVIIth century.
 
Barbara Kiefer Lewalski wrote a book on the biblical inspiration of English
meditation poetry whose title eludes me for the moment (it's a Princeton book,
I think), and on Milton's *Paradise Regained* she wrote another book, *Milton's
Minor Epic*, in which you'll find excellent passages on the subject.
 
Father Peter Millward, SJ, wrote several pieces on Shakespeare and the Bible in
a Japanese series published by Sophia University in Tokyo (something like
'English Renaissance Monographs'). All this is in the Elizabethan Centre's
Library in Montpellier, but today is May 1st, and it's closed: I apologise for
my poor memory.
 
As regards item #2, I'll wait till I'm in college, and till others have sent
replies, to fill in possible gaps, but my notes aren't within reach just now.
 
                Hope this helps
                Luc
 

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