Class, Boundary and Social Discourse in the Renaissance
Ed. Alexander C. Y. Huang, I-Chun Wang, and Mary Theis

Alexander C. Y. Huang

Murdering Peasants: Status, Genre, and the Representation of Rebellion
Stephen Greenblatt

The Topography of Fear: The Dutch in Early Modern Literature
Ton Hoenselaars

Masculine in Case: Grammar Lessons and Gender Identity
Timothy Billings

Taming the Go-betweens: Two Elizabethan Versions of Luigi Pasqualigo’s Il Fedele,         Mariangela Tempera

Authorial In(ter)ventions: Christopher Marlowe and John Donne
Alexander C. Y. Huang

Representations of Vagabonds in Richard Brome’s The Jovial Crew: A Menippean Satire,        Hsiao-chen Chiang

A Living Libel: Thomas Dekker's The Shoemaker’s Holiday and the 1595 London Apprentices’ Riots,         Elyssa Cheng

Place, Borderland Politics, and Dissidence Control in Comus and The Gypsies Metamorphosed,         I-Chun Wang


Pubished in 2007 by National Sun Yat-sen University Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Taiwan

From the Introduction

The past two decades of theoretical ferment have witnessed tremendous changes in Renaissance studies in terms of scope and methodology, framed by the rise of Foucaultian-inflected social theories and Marxist literary criticism. The concept of boundary in our book title names two things: that which separates different gender, class, and geo-cultural identities, and that from which these identities are derived. The boundary is a faultline that divides, frames, and unites contending images of the self and the collective. Class (a designation associated with race and gender) and patterns of belonging, betrayal, and exclusion are all central to the debate about the fashioning of Renaissance literary identities and the formation of postmodern theoretical positions. [More ...]