March 2008 • ISBN 978-1611490725 • $91.00
This wide-ranging collection of essays, written by leading specialists, furnishes previously unpublished evidence of France’s role and importance in the early modern English literary and dramatic fields. Its chapter-length introduction offers an up-to-date critical presentation of the issues involved: representation, cultural identity, the construction of otherness, Frenchness, and the social and cultural dynamics of theater. The essays in the five sections of the book continue the debate with a series of in-depth studies touching on important critical themes such as intertextuality; old and new historicisms; language, semiotics, and nationhood; imagined geographies; and stereotypes and social satire. The book will appeal to students and specialists of Renaissance literature, to scholars working on the construction of national identity and will be required reading for anyone interested in cultural exchange or comparative literature.
About the Editor
Jean-Christophe Mayer is a senior research fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research.