This book questions the historical reasons for the improbable popularity of supernatural fiction in the Age of Enlightenment, examining Gothic novels in the context of contemporary theatrical ghosts, and drawing out the connection between fictions of the supernatural and the growth of consumerism.
A fascinating account of attempts to cultivate silk across New Spain, New France, British North America and the early United States. Ben Marsh shows how commodity failure, as much as success, can offer new insights into the aspirations, environment, and economic life in colonial societies.
This collection of essays by historians, philosophers, scientists and theologians explores the impact of religion on the origins and development of science, religious reactions to Darwinism, and the link between science and secularization. It also offers in-depth discussions of contemporary issues, with perspectives from cosmology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and bioethics.
This study of how poetry was collected in anthologies in Renaissance England reads canonical authors - Surrey, Spenser, and Sidney - alongside women and non-elite writers. Designed for English literature students, its innovative focus on the crafted book and recreation will also interest students of early modern history, book history, and musicology.
This book offers scholars and students of literary, theatrical, and women's history the first full-length critical study of an important Renaissance genre. Country house entertainments, short plays staged for the Queen at country estates (1571-1602), enabled men and women to engage in crucial political and literary debates in Elizabethan England.
A comprehensive account of the internationalisation of literary copyright, focusing on nineteenth century international copyright law as it affected Europe, the British colonies (particularly Canada), America, and the UK. Explores the history of international copyright law, and looks at how this history is relevant today.
In this radically revisionist reading of the life and political career of Enoch Powell, Camilla Schofield shows how Powell and his supporters illuminate the complex relationship between British social democracy, racism and the domestic politics of imperial decline in post-war Britain.