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ISBN-13: 978-0472031771 ISBN-10: 0472031775 Edition: New edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press; New edition edition (August 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472031775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472031771
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,082,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Rogues and Early Modern English Culture] is an important book, one that cleverly situates itself within an ongoing critical history that consistently questions how we read early modern English rogue texts.... Editors of future critical anthologies would do well to read this text." - Renaissance Quarterly "Rogues and Early Modern English Culture makes a fine case for the centrality of the rogue and rogue writing to any understanding of the early modern city and its culture, and its cross-disciplinary approach suggests that more ways to open out this subject are yet to be discovered." - Times Literary Supplement"

About the Author

Craig Dionne is Professor of English Literature at Eastern Michigan University. Steve Mentz is Assistant Professor of English at St. John's University.

More About the Author

I teach Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at St. John's in New York. Right now I'm working on early modern maritime culture, including a new book, *At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean* (2009), a gallery exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, "Lost at Sea: The Ocean in the English Imagination, 1550 - 1750" (June - September, 2010), and a work-in-progress on shipwreck narratives from Shakespeare through Defoe.

I've also written books on prose romance in the age of Shakespeare (*Romance for Sale in Early Modern England*) and early modern criminal literature (*Rogues and Early Modern English Literature*).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Derek Alwes on June 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This new collection of essays is a unique volume that will not remain that way. The rogue literature of the English Renaissance has been underappreciated for too long, and this work is a significant step toward greater popularity and increased scholarly interest. The essays in this volume demonstrate why Renaissance rogue literature should be of considerable contemporary interest by showing how a social underclass is culturally constructed and how that class reflects the dominant culture in revealing ways.
Like any collection of essays, this collection is a bit uneven in quality, and among the best are three that are reprinted from earlier publications, but most of the essays are very good indeed. And, given the rather narrow historical subject matter, the treatments of rogues in the volume are surprisingly wide-ranging both in material and in theoretical approaches.
This is an important book--one that every early modern scholar needs and that even non-scholars can read with pleasure.
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