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The Uses of the Canon: Elizabethan Literature and Contemporary Theory

Howard Felperin


The critical school of ‘new historicism’ is very much at the centre of contemporary debates on literary studies and theory. Much ‘new historicist’ writing has focused on Renaissance texts, and this book is a timely exploration of that connection and its significance for ‘English’ as a whole. This book subjects many of the most challenging claims of ‘new historicism’ to rigorous analysis, distinguishes sharply between its American and British versions, and probes the causes and conseq ... More

Keywords: new historicism, Renaissance, William Shakespeare, John Donne, Robert Conrad, Thomas More, literary studies, critical theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198122654
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122654.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Howard Felperin, author
Macquarie University, Sydney