22 March, 2015

Reviewing Renaissance Retrospections

My recent review of Renaissance Retrospections: Tudor Views of the Middle Ages, ed. by Sarah A. Kelen, has just come out with the Journal of English and Germanic Philology: 

This essay collection offers a welcome corrective to simplistic views of Renaissance writers’ alleged outright rejection of their medieval predecessors’ choices of texts and forms. Instead of showcasing this revisionist agenda based on observations of Europe-wide Early Modern trends, the editor has chosen to unite examples that focus on the English tradition during the Tudor era, for which many existing grand narratives would still postulate a sharp dividing line between pre- and post-Reformation writing. The result is a more nuanced picture of how Tudor writers of often opposing ideological and religious affiliations mined the medieval textual world to express a vast array of postmedieval authorial intentions. The Middle Ages, as the editor summarizes the contributors’ findings, was “an uncanny but continuous presence in the early modern period both culturally and textually” (p. 11). READ on HERE