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Literature and Censorship in Renaissance England by Andrew Hadfield

Literature and Censorship in Renaissance England


Literature and Censorship in Renaissance England by Andrew Hadfield

Censorship is one of the key controversies debated by Renaissance historians and literary critics. Commentators are divided on a number of questions. Was there once a concerted plan to censor all material hostile to the status quo? Or did authorities only intervene in periods of acute crisis? Did they actually read the material referred to them? This is the first collection that brings together the key figures in the field and includes essays by Richard Burt, Janet Clare, Cyndia Clegg, Richard Dutton, Richard McCabe and Annabel Patterson.


'...authoritative within the field.' - R.S.White, English, Communication and Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia, Parergon

'This collection of essays makes an important contribution to the history of censorship, justly described by its editor Andrew Hadfield as 'one of the most exciting and controversial subjects in literary history'...These essays, together with excellent work by scholars newer to the field, advance and refine the still-developing picture of Renaissance censorship.' - Times Literary Supplement'

About the Author

RICHARD BURT Professor of English, University of Massachusetts, Amherst JANET CLARE Lecturer in English, University College, Dublin RICHARD DUTTON Professor of English, Lancaster University BARBARA FREEDMAN Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Theatre, Tufts University ARNOLD HUNT Lecturer, University of Durham DAVID LOADES Professor of History, University of Wales, Bangor STEPHEN LONGSTAFFE Lecturer in English and Drama, Saint Martin's College, Lancaster RICHARD McCABE Fellow, Merton College, Oxford ANNABEL PATTERSON Professor of English, Yale University ALISON SHELL Lecturer, Department of English Studies, University of Durham

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Publication date

5th June 2001


Andrew Hadfield

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Palgrave Macmillan


234 pages


Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800



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