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Literature and censorship in Renaissance England

Literature and censorship in Renaissance England

Hadfield, Andrew

Censorship is one of the key controversies debated by Renaissance historians and literary critics. Was there once a concerted plan to censor all material hostile to the status quo? These essays discuss censorship in Renaissance England

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Andrew Hadfield
ISBN: 0333794109, 9780333794104
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes index.
Physical Description: 256p. ; 22 cm.
Subject: Censorship; English literature Early modern, 1500-1700 History and criticism.; Censorship England History 17th century.; Freedom of the press England History 17th century.; Renaissance; Censorship England History 16th century.; Freedom of the press England History 16th century.; English Literature


  1. Preface List of Abbreviations Notes on the Contributors Chronology Introduction: The Politics of Early Modern Censorship
  2. A.Hadfield PART ONE: THEATRICAL CENSORSHIP Theatrical Censorship and Negotiation
  3. J.Clare Puritan Tribulation and the Protestant History Play
  4. S.Longstaffe Elizabethan Protest, Disorder, and 'Precautionary' Playing Restraints: Social Control Masquerading as Plague Control
  5. B.Freedman The Censorship of A Gate at Chess
  6. R.Dutton PART TWO: RELIGIOUS CENSORSHIP Right Puissance and Terrible Priests: The Role of the Anglican Church in Elizabethan State Censorship
  7. R.McCabe What is a Catholic Poem?: Explicitness and Censorship in Tudor and Stuart Religious Verse
  8. A.Shell John Foxe and the Godly Commonwealth, 1563-1641
  9. D.Loades Archbishop Laud and the Licensing of Books for the Press
  10. A.Hunt PART THREE: POLITICAL CENSORSHIP Censoring Ireland in Early Modern England
  11. A.Hadfield Burning Books as Propaganda in Jacobean England
  12. C.Clegg The Censorship of Andrew Marvell
  13. A.Patterson AFTERWORD Doing the Queen: Gender, Sexuality, and the Censorship of Elizabeth's I's Royal Image from Renaissance Portraiture to Twentieth-Century Mass Media
  14. R.Burt Index

Author note

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


'...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