Teaching Early Modern English Literature from the Archives
The availability of digital editions of early modern works brings a wealth of exciting archival and primary source materials into the classroom. But electronic archives can be overwhelming and hard to use, for teachers and students alike, and digitization can distort or omit information about texts. Teaching Early Modern English Literature from the Archivesplaces traditional and electronic archives in conversation, outlines practical methods for incorporating them into the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, and addresses the theoretical issues involved in studying them. The volume discusses a range of physical and virtual archives from 1473 to 1700 that are useful in the teaching of early modern literature—both major sources and rich collections that are less known (including affordable or free options for those with limited institutional resources).
Although the volume focuses on English literature and culture, essays discuss a wide range of comparative approaches involving Latin, French, Spanish, German, and early American texts and explain how to incorporate visual materials, ballads, domestic treatises, atlases, music, and historical documents into the teaching of literature.
About the Authors
Heidi Brayman Hackel, associate professor of English, University of California, Riverside, is the author of Reading Material in Early Modern England: Print, Gender, and Literacy, coeditor of Reading Women: Literacy, Authorship, and Culture in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800, and associate editor of the Huntington Library Quarterly. Her volume on Midsummer Night's Dream is forthcoming in the new Arden Shakespeare Language and Writing series.
Ian Frederick Moulton, professor of English in the School of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University, is a cultural historian and literary scholar who has published widely on the representation of gender and sexuality in early modern European literature. He is the author of Before Pornography: Erotic Writing in Early Modern England and Love in Print in the Sixteenth Century: The Popularization of Romance and editor and translator of Antonio Vignali's La cazzaria.
"The volume brilliantly combines the visionary and the pragmatic and is a gold mine of great ideas about how to engage students in the production of knowledge. It is a remarkably timely project."—Michael Schoenfeldt, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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