The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0287  Thursday, 3 November 2011


From:         Kareen Seidler <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         October 30, 2011 4:32:25 AM EDT

Subject:      Medieval and Early Modern Authorship


Medieval and Early Modern Authorship

Edited by Guillemette Bolens and Lukas Erne


“This rich, challenging and exceptionally well conceived collection addresses the construction of authorship in medieval and early modern England, and revises received opinion in important ways. All the essays are worth attention; several should be considered essential reading.”

Stephen Orgel, J. E. Reynolds Professor in the Humanities,Stanford University


Reports of his death having been greatly exaggerated, the author has made a spectacular return in English studies. This is the first book devoted to medieval and early modern authorship, exploring continuities, discontinuities, and innovations in the two periods which literary histories and institutional practices too often keep apart. Canonical authors receive sustained attention (notably Chaucer, Gower, Shakespeare, Jonson, Milton, and Marvell), and so do key issues in the current scholarly debate, such as authorial self-fashioning, the fictionalisation of authorship, the posthumous construction of authorship, and the nexus of authorship and authority. Other important topics whose relations to authorship are explored include adaptation, paratext, portraiture, historiography, hagiography, theology, and the sublime.




Lukas Erne, Introduction


Helen Cooper, Choosing Poetic Fathers: The English Problem


Robert R. Edwards, Authorship, Imitation, and Refusal in Late-Medieval England


Lynn S. Meskill, The Tangled Thread of Authorship: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Jonson’s Sejanus, His Fall


Johann Gregory, The “author’s drift” in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: A Poetics of Reflection


Neil Forsyth, Authorship from Homer to Wordsworth via Milton


Stephen Hequembourg, Marvell’s Pronouns and the Ethics of Representation


Patrick Cheney, “The forms of things unknown”: English Authorship and the Early Modern Sublime


John Blakeley, Exchanging “words for mony”: The Parnassus Plays and Literary Remuneration


Colin Burrow, Fictions of Collaboration: Authors and Editors in the Sixteenth



Emma Depledge, Authorship and Alteration: Shakespeare on the Exclusion Crisis

Stage and Page, 1678-1682


Julianna Bark, Portraiture, Authorship, and the Authentication of Shakespeare


Rita Copeland, Producing the Lector


Stefania D’Agata D’Ottavi, The Logic of Authorship in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde


Nicole Nyffenegger, Gestures of Authorship in Medieval English Historiography: The Case of Robert Mannyng of Brunne


Alice Spencer, “By Auctorite of Experyence”: The Role of Topography in Osbern Bokenham’s Lives of Native Saints


Alastair Minnis, Ethical Poetry, Poetic Theology: A Crisis of Medieval Authority?


Tübingen: Gunter Narr

November 2011, 325 pages, € 49,00

ISBN 978-3-8233-6667-6


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