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Early Modern History and Literature


Yudisher Theriak

An Early Modern Yiddish Defense of Judaism

Edited and translated by Morris M. Faierstein

An annotated translation of the Yudisher Theriak, along with a comprehensive introduction that places the original work in its historical context.

Published: November 2016
ISBN: 9780814342480
Published: November 2016
ISBN: 9780814342497

Religious Diversity and Early Modern English Texts

Catholic, Judaic, Feminist, and Secular Dimensions

Edited by Arthur F. Marotti and Chanita Goodblatt

Investigates the religious diversity in early modern English literature and culture in relation to a dominant English Protestant national identity.

Published: October 2013
ISBN: 9780814339558
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 9780814339565

Anthonius Margaritha and the Jewish Faith

Jewish Life and Conversion in Sixteenth-Century Germany

Michael T. Walton

A biography of Anthonius Margaritha, convert to Christianity and reporter on Jewish life and religious practices.

Published: October 2012
ISBN: 9780814338001
Published: October 2012
ISBN: 9780814338018

The En Yaaqov

Jacob ibn Habib’s Search for Faith in the Talmudic Corpus

Marjorie Lehman

Examines the origins of the En Yaaqov in the tumultuous medieval period and the motivations of its creator, exiled Spanish rabbi Jacob ibn Habib.

Published: December 2011
ISBN: 9780814334805
Published: December 2011
ISBN: 9780814335963

Rabbinic Culture and Its Critics

Jewish Authority, Dissent, and Heresy in Medieval and Early Modern Times

Edited by Daniel Frank and Matt Goldish

Examines dissent from rabbinic Judaism in the Middle Ages and Early Modern period to consider it as a category within the history and culture of the Jewish people.

Published: May 2008
ISBN: 9780814332375

John Donne and the Protestant Reformation

New Perspectives

Edited by Mary Arshagouni Papazian

This collection of thirteen essays by an international group of scholars focuses on the impact of the Protestant Reformation on Donne’s life, theology, poetry, and prose.

Published: July 2003
ISBN: 9780814330128
Published: July 2003
ISBN: 9780814337592

Pregnant Fictions

Childbirth and the Fairy Tale in Early Modern France

Holly Tucker

Pregnant Fictions explores the complex role of pregnancy in early-modern tale-telling and considers how stories of childbirth were used to rethink gendered "truths" at a key moment in the history of ideas.

Published: April 2003
ISBN: 9780814330425

Royal Subjects

Essays on the Writings of James VI and I

Edited by Daniel Fischlin and Mark Fortier
With a Foreword by Kevin Sharpe

Sixteen leading scholars explore the richness of King James’s work from a variety of perspectives, and in so doing seek to establish monarchic writing as an important genre in its own right.

Published: February 2002
ISBN: 9780814328774

Jewish Thought and Scientific Discovery in Early Modern Europe

David B. Ruderman
Foreword by Moshe Idel

Jewish Thought and Scientific Discovery in Early Modern Europe is a major contribution in understanding the cultural processes involved in the emergence and development of the consumer phase of science.

Published: August 2001
ISBN: 9780814329313

Lies Like Truth

Shakespeare, Macbeth, and the Cultural Moment

Arthur F. Kinney

By demonstrating fundamental connections between audience reaction then and the use of computers today, Renaissance scholar Arthur Kinney explores the cultural moment of one of Shakespeare's most popular tragedies.

Published: July 2001
ISBN: 9780814329658

Feminist Perspectives on Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

Edited by Stephanie Merrim

Called the "Quintessence of the Baroque" and "Bridge to the Enlightenment," Mexican writer and nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz has also been celebrated as the "First Feminist of the New World." Feminist Perspectives on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz fills a gap

Published: September 1999
ISBN: 9780814322161

Jerusalem Delivered

An English Prose Version

Torquato Tasso
Translated and Edited by Ralph Nash

Ralph Nash, in his approach to Gerusalemme Liberata, concluded that a close, fluent translation in prose of Tasso's epic would offer the most successful rendering of this important chivalric romance.

Published: April 1987
ISBN: 9780814318300
Published: April 1987
ISBN: 9780814337561