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Romance Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1852  Thursday, 10 November 2005

[1] 	From: 	Tom Bishop <
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	Date: 	Wednesday, 9 Nov 2005 10:41:33 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1839 Romance Question

[2] 	From: 	Siobhan Cox <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 10 Nov 2005 11:28:23 +0000 (GMT)
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1839 Romance Question

[3] 	From: 	Steven Mentz <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 10 Nov 2005 08:50:56 -0500
	Subj: 	RE: romances


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From: 		Tom Bishop <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 9 Nov 2005 10:41:33 -0500
Subject: 16.1839 Romance Question
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1839 Romance Question

Older but still good are:

Louis B. Wright, Middle-Class culture in Elizabethan England (1935)
E.C. Pettet, Shakespeare and the Romance Tradition (1949)
Carol Gesner, Shakespeare and the Greek Romance (1970)
Howard Felperin, Shakespearean Romance (1972)
Patricia Parker, Inescapable Romance (1979)

More recent:
Simon Palfrey, Late Shakespeare (1997)
Lori Newcomb, Reading Popular romance in early modern England (2002)

Much recent work on romance seems to me to have been scattered among 
other topics: colonization, gender issues, politics, etc. in ways that 
make it difficult to point to central texts. For instance Michael 
Neill's recent Putting History to the Question (2000) asks about romance 
and colonialism in a couple of its essays. Velma Richamond asked about 
Shakespeare, Catholicism and Romance in another recent book of that 
title (2002).

These just off the top of my head. I'm sure there are others I'm missing.

Tom

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From: 		Siobhan Cox <
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Date: 		Thursday, 10 Nov 2005 11:28:23 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 16.1839 Romance Question
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1839 Romance Question

Helen Cooper's "The English Romance in Time: Transforming Motifs from 
Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare" (Aberdeen University 
Press, 2004) might be useful to you.  I can't remember if she mentions 
either of your primary sources specifically, but it would be worthwhile 
to read it for the general discussion of romance.

Siobhan Cox

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From: 		Steven Mentz <
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Date: 		Thursday, 10 Nov 2005 08:50:56 -0500
Subject: 	RE: romances

Some recent work on early modern English prose romance: Lori Newcomb's 
*Reading the Romance in Early Modern England*; an edited collection and 
two books by Constance Relihan (*Fashioning Authority: The Development 
of Elizabethan Novelistic Discourse*, *Cosmographical Glasses*, and 
*Framing Elizabethan Fictions*); Derek Alwes's *Sons and Authors in 
Elizabethan Fiction* (which responds to Richard Helgerson's old but good 
*The Elizabethan Prodigals*); and Donald Beecher's collection, *Critical 
Approaches to Prose Fiction*.  Beecher's Barnebe Riche Society 
publications also has done several modern reprints of these texts, 
including *Rosalynde*.

Also, since self-promotion seems allowed on this list, my own *Romance 
for Sale in Early Modern England: The Rise of Prose Fiction* will be out 
from Ashgate in early 2006.  Should be there for RSA.  I spend some time 
on the problem of defining romance.

Steve Mentz

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