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Henry VIII =Student Essay
Please see Essays and Articles on King Henry VIII

Sir Thomas More =Student Essay
Please see Essays and Articles on Sir Thomas More

John Skelton =Student Essay
Dissertation John Skelton: Living Man, Living Poet - Sister Maris Stella, C.S.J.
Dissertation "Goe thou forth my booke": Authorial Self-Assertion and Self-Representation
           in Printings of Renaissance Poetry - Ronald S. Renchler
Dissertation Satire of Counsel, Counsel of Satire: Representing Advisory Relations
           in Later Medieval Literature - Jonathan M. Newman
John Skelton and the Royal Court - Greg Walker
John Skelton and the New Fifteenth Century - Kathleen Tonry
Laughter and Sin: Vice Families in Tudor Interludes - Sarah Carpenter
Stage Presentation of Allegorical Characters in J. Skelton's Play Magnyfycence - Olena Lilova
Pium Vestrum Catullum Britannum: The Influence
           of Catullus' Poetry on John Skelton - Juan Manuel Castro Carracedo
"Whan Foly cometh, all is past": Revisiting the Drama of Fools in Magnyfycence - Elisabeth Dutton
"To lerne you to dye when ye wyll": John Skelton and the Ars Moriendi Tradition - Juan Manuel Castro Carracedo
The Vice Is a Lonely Hunter - Jean-Paul DÉbax
Poetic Statesmanship and the Politics of Patronage in the Early Tudor Court: Material Concerns of John Skelton's
           Early Career as a Critical Context for the Interpretation of The Bowge of Courte - Ray Siemens EMLS
Counterfet Countenaunce: (Mis)representation and the Challenge to Allegory
           in Sixteenth-century Morality Plays - Jane Griffiths
John Skelton's "Agenst Garnesche": Poetic Territorialism at the Court of Henry VIII - Victor I. Scherb
Ambition and Anxiety in The House of Fame and the Garlande of Laurell - Alastair Bennett
"Measure is Treasure": Financial and Political Prudence in Skelton's Magnificence - Tai-Won Kim
Constructing the Sexual Subject of John Skelton - A. W. Barnes
Devils and Vices in English non-cycle Plays: Sacrament and Social Body - John D. Cox
What's in a Name? The Transmission of "John Skelton, Laureate" in Manuscript and Print - Jane Griffiths
[Early Tudor Poetry: John Skelton] - John M. Berdan
Reality -- Mirror -- Allegory: John Skelton - Anna Torti
Conception, flies, and heresy in Skelton's 'Replycacion' - Victor I. Scherb
Skelton's 'Speke Parott': Language, Madness and the Role of the Court Poet - Simon Brittan
Who is Colin Clout? - Jim Nielson
Skelton and Barclay, Medieval and Modern - David R. CarlsonEMLS

John Bale =Dissertation    =Thesis    = Undergrad Thesis =Student Essay

Dissertation Exchanging the Old with the New: Medieval Influences on Early Modern
           Representations in The Examinations of Anne Askew - Natalie E. Dear
Thesis Staging Reformation: Religious Theater in England, 1525-1553 - Alexandra Whitley
Feminised Idolatry and the Subversion of Religious Orthodoxy in John Bale's Three Laws - Brian Gourley
Representing God and Christ in John Bale's Biblical Plays - Roberta Mullini
Commentators, Mediators, Subversives Within and Without Bale's Nonconformist Play World Pauline Blanc
Dramatic Images of Kingship in Heywood and Bale - Peter Happe
A Good Prince: King John and Early Tudor Propaganda - Carole Levin
John Bale's Kynge Johan as English Nationalist Propaganda - G. D. George
'Into a womannys lyckenes': Bale's Personification of Idolatry - Garrett P. J. Epp
"No quyckar merchaundyce than lybrary bokes": John Bale's Commodification of Manuscript Culture - Ernst Gerhardt
"Impoveryshyd and mad a beggar": Poverty and Widowhood in Bale's King Johan - Ernst Gerhardt
John the Baptist: Protestant Character in Tudor Drama - Kurt A. Edwards
The Effect of the Reformation on the Antagonists in English Drama - Mark C. Pilkinton
John Bale's Apocalyptic Historicism and the Making of Protestant Memory - Robin S. Stewart
"Gods lawfull remedye": Clerical Marriage and Royal Authority in John Bale's Three Laws - James McBain
John Bale, John Foxe and the Reformation of the English Past - M. Greengrass and M. Phillpott
The Authorizations of Torture: John Bale Writing Anne Askew - Natalia Khomenko
Gerard of Nazareth, John Bale and the Origins of the Carmelite Order - Andrew Jotischky
Undergraduate Thesis Sex Please, We're British: Exempla, Polemic, and History
           in John Bale's Actes of the Englysh Votaryes - Andrew H. Smith
John Bale, William Shakespeare, and King John - Mark Stevenson

Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder =Dissertation    =Thesis    = Undergrad Thesis =Student Essay
Please see Essays and Articles on Sir Thomas Wyatt

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey =Student Essay
Please see Essays and Articles on Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

Sir Philip Sidney =Student Essay
Please see Essays and Articles on Sir Philip Sidney

Edmund Spenser =Student Essay
Please see Essays and Articles on Edmund Spenser

Christopher Marlowe =Student Essay
Please see Essays and Articles on Christopher Marlowe

Sir Thomas Hoby/The Courtier =Student Essay

Words to Live By: Castiglione's Il Libro del Cortegiano and Four Men of Henry VIII's Court - Janet E. Mullin
The Decameron and Il Libro del Cortegiano: Story of a Conversation - S. Vianello
Castiglione vs. Cicero: Political Engagement, or Effeminate Chatter? - Susan Gaylard
The Politics of Effeminacy in Il Cortegiano - Gerry Milligan
Assumed Simplicity and the Critique of Nobility: Or, How Castiglione Read Cicero - Jennifer Richards
"The Ende Therfore of a Perfect Courtier" in Baldassare Castiglione's The Courtier - Douglas A. Northrop
Joking Matters: Politics and Dissimulation in Castiglione's Book of the Courtier - Joann Cavallo
"A wanton trade of living"? Rhetoric, Effeminacy, and the Early Modern Courtier - Jennifer Richards
Bembo's Discourse on Love: a fitting conclusion to The Courtier? - Souvik Mukherjee

Roger Ascham =Student Essay
Dissertation A Plaine and Sensible Utterance: The Prose Style of Roger Ascham - John F. Fleischauer
The Imagery of Roger Ascham - Linda Bradley Salamon
Protestant Theology and Apocalyptic Rhetoric in Roger Ascham's The Schoolmaster - Ryan J. Stark
Saintsbury on Ascham
Reflections on "Imitatio" as an Educational Ideal of English Humanism - Jin Sunwoo

John Foxe =Student Essay
Dissertation Exchanging the Old with the New: Medieval Influences on Early Modern
           Representations in The Examinations of Anne Askew - Natalie E. Dear
Dissertation John Foxe's Latin Writings: Their Intellectual and Social Context,
           with Special Reference to the Period of his Exile, 1554-1559 - John S. Wade
Dissertation Rectifying the 'ignoraunce of history': John Foxe and the Collaborative
           Reformation of England's Past - Matthew J. Phillpott
Dissertation Moving Imitation: Performing Piety in Early Modern English Literature - Sara Hong
Dissertation Literature, Protestantism, and the Idea of Community - Kristin Lucas
Thesis Seizing the Stake: Female Martyrdom in England During the Reformation - Douglas Winkey
Thesis The Fame of John Foxe's Book of Martyrs - Andrew J. Patenall
Thesis For God and Country: The Politicization of English Martyrology - Nathan H. Hepworth
Thesis "A field of Golgotha" and the "Loosing out of Satan": Protestantism and Intertextuality
           in Shakespeare's 1-3 Henry VI and John Foxe's Acts & Monuments - Rory Leitch
Wigglesworth, Foxe, and The Revelation - Thomas L. Long
John Foxe and the Circumcised Stage - Garrett P. J. Epp
John Foxe and the Desires of Reformation Martyrology - James C. W. Truman
Gospelling Sisters "Goinge up and Downe": John Foxe and Disorderly Women - Megan L. Hickerson
Evangelicalism at Boston, Oxford and Windsor under Henry VIII: John Foxe's
           Narratives Recontextualized - Magnus Williamson
'Writers to solemnise and celebrate ... Actes and memory': Foxe and the Business of Textual Memory - Andrew Hiscock
John Foxe and the Desires of Reformation Martyrology - James C. W. Truman
'The same cause and like quarell': Eusebius, John Foxe, and the Evolution of Ecclesiastical History - G. E. Minton
John Foxe and the Jews - Sharon Achinstein
Foxe's Christus Triumphans - Lynne M. Robertson
The Account of Anne Askew in Foxe's Book of Martyrs - Thomas S. Freeman and Sarah Elizabeth Wall
"The Light of Printing": William Tyndale, John Foxe, John Day, and Early Modern Print Culture - John N. King
"His Apparel Was Done Upon Him":  Rites of Personage in Foxe's Book of Martyrs - Laurie Shannon
John Foxe: Exorcist - Kathleen R. Sands
Foxe's Martyrs - Pastor David L. Brown, Th.M.

Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford =Student Essay

The Many Nicknames of the Earl of Oxford - Shakespeare Fellowship
Raleigh, Sidney, Oxford, and the Catholics, 1579 - D. C. Peck
Shaking the Spear at Court: Oxford as "The Knight of the Tree of the Sunne" - Dr. Daniel L. Wright
Lear's Cordelia, Oxford's Susan, and Manningham's Diary - Warren Hope

Elizabeth I =Student Essay
Please visit Essays and Articles on Queen Elizabeth I

George Gascoigne =Student Essay
Dissertation The Literary Career of George Gascoigne: Studies in Self-Presentation - Gillian Austen
Dissertation Language, Rhetoric, and Reality in Elizabethan Prose Fiction - Raymond A. Stephanson
Thesis An Application of Gascoigne's Certayne Notes of Instruction to a Bouquet of his Posies - A. M. Forbes
Gascoigne and Practical Music: Playing Loath to Depart - Gavin Alexander
George Gascoigne and The Spoyle of Antwerpe (1576) - William E. Sheidley
Gascoigne's The Spoyle of Antwerpe (1576) as an Anglo-Dutch Text
Escaping Italy: From Novella to Romance in Gascoigne and Lyly - Steve Mentz
The Older Woman on the Early Modern English Stage:
Fixed Stereotype or Mobile Signifier? - Pauline Ruberry-Blanc Metaphors of the Book as Garden in the English Renaissance - R. L. Anderson
Gascoigne's 'Master F.J.' as a Renaissance Proto-Novel: The Birth of the Judicious Editor as Narrator - Felicity A. Hughes
Introduction: ‘Thus Much I Adventure to Deliver to You’: the Fortunes of George Gascoigne - Stephen Hamrick EMLS
Self-portraits and Self-presentation in the Work of George Gascoigne - Gillian Austen EMLS
‘If the head be evill the body cannot be good’: Legitimate Rebellion
            in Gascoigne and Kinwelmershe’s Jocasta - A. E. WardEMLS
‘Nedelesse Singularitie’: George Gascoigne’s Strategies for Preserving Lyric Delight - Matthew Zarnowiecki EMLS
The fruits of war: The voice of the soldier in Gascoigne, Rich, and Churchyard - Elizabeth Heale EMLS
“A true Copie”: Gascoigne’s Princely Pleasures and the textual representation of courtly performance - S. Anderson EMLS
Gascoigne’s Globe: The Spoyle of Antwerpe and the Black Legend of Spain - Linda Bradley Salamon EMLS
‘Lyke Chaucers boye’: Poetry and Penitence in Gascoigne’s Grief of Joye - Kevin Laam EMLS
"Set in portraiture": George Gascoigne, Queen Elizabeth, and Adapting the Royal Image - Stephen Hamrick
Androgyny and Linguistic Power in Gascoigne's The Steele Glas - Kevin LaGrandeur
Gascoigne's Poses - Felicity A. Hughes
Elizabethan Court Fiction: George Gascoigne and John Lyly - Dr. Deborah Wyrick
On "The Adventures of Master F. J." - Ray Davis
A Study in Gascoigne's Style in The Adventures of Master F. J. - Shana Marie Hirsch

John Lyly =Student Essay
Please see Essays and Articles on John Lyly

Thomas Nashe =Student Essay
Dissertation "Fooles in Retayle": Personae and Print in the Long 1590s - Ashley Streeter
as a Defining Textual Moment - Arul Kumaran
Dissertation The Concept of Revenge for Honour in English Fiction and Drama
            between 1580 and 1640 - Elizabeth M. Brennan
Dissertation Authors, Audiences, and Elizabethan Prologics - Jacob A. Heil
Dissertation The Ethics of Satire in Early Modern English Literature - Erin L. Ashworth-King
Dissertation "Measures Meet for Every Sort": The Social Dynamics of Late-Elizabethan Genre - Caralyn A. Bialo
Dissertation The Outlines of Skepticism: The Problem of Moral Authority in Early Modern England - Melissa M. Caldwell
Dissertation Subjects in Space: The Politics of Travel in Early Modern England - Jennifer A. Turner
Dissertation Language, Rhetoric, and Reality in Elizabethan Prose Fiction - Raymond A. Stephanson
Dissertation Print, Patronage, and the Satiric Pamphlet: The Death of Robert Greene
Thesis The Relationship of Robert Greene and Thomas Nashe, 1588-1590:
            An Episode in the Development of English Prose Fiction - Gregory R. Koenig
Thesis Fanciful Fictions: The Fashioning of Authorship in Two Elizabethan Novels - Renate Leder
Thesis The Picaresque Spirit in English Fiction from Nashe to Thackeray - Paul H. Anderson
Nashe and Satire - Tiffany Stearn
Summer Fruit and Autumn Leaves: Thomas Nashe in 1593 - Philip Schwyzer
Nashe, Tragicomedy, and The Winter's Tale - Michael Saenger
Nashe and the Poetics of Obscenity: The Choise of Valentines - M. L. Stapleton
Social and Political Satire in the Impotency Poems of Rémy Belleau and Thomas Nashe - Hannah LaveryEMLS
The Heroine as Courtesan: Dishonesty, Romance, and the Sense of an Ending
            in The Unfortunate Traveler - Steve Mentz
The Curious Connection Between Nashe, Dekker, and Freemasonry - Donna N. Murphy
Underplayed Rivalry: Patronage and the Marlovian Subtext of Summer's Last Will and Testament - Per Sivefors
"I Am No Woman, I": Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Elizabethan Erotic Verse - Chloe K. Preedy
A Guide to the Unfortunate Traveller? The Emerging Prose Voice in Two Early
            Picaresque Narratives of Early Modern England and Spain - Anita Howard
The Unfortunate Traveller and the Ramist Controversy: A Narrative Dilemma - Kurtis B. Haas
"Unfortunate Travellers": translatio, travestissement et maniérisme littéraire chez Marlowe et Nashe - Marie-Alice Belle
Authorial Self-Consciousness in Nashe's The Unfortunate Traveller - Wendy Hyman
"Cease Cease to bawle, thou wasp-stung Satyrist:" Writers, Printers, & the Bishops' Ban of 1599 - C. Forshaw
Christs Teares, Nashe's 'forsaken extremities' - Katharine Duncan-Jones
Thomas Nashe, Thomas Lodge, and Pierce Penilesse - D. Allen Carroll
A New Source for Thomas Nashe's The Choise of Valentines - Michael L. Stapleton
Nashe's "Choise" and Chaucer's Pardoner - Robert C. Evans
Thomas Nashe - Ernest A. Baker
C. S. Lewis on Thomas Nashe
G. K. Hunter on Nashe and Lyly
Nashe and the Bourgoisie - Louis B. Wright
Nashe as "Monarch of Witt" and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Joan Ozark Holmer
"Milksop Muses" or Why Not Mary? - Penny McCarthy
Abstract. An Althusserian Reading On Thomas Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller - Doohyun Park

Richard Hooker =Student Essay
Dissertation Richard Hooker and Writing God into Polemic and Piety - Glenn Baker
Dissertation Richard Hooker: Beyond Certainty - Andrea Russell
Dissertation How the Mind of Christ is Formed in Community: the Ecclesial Ethics of Richard Hooker - Craig D. Uffman
Dissertation The Outlines of Skepticism: The Problem of Moral Authority in Early Modern England - Melissa M. Caldwell
Dissertation The Political Thought of Richard Hooker: Authority, Experience and Order - John Micklewright
Dissertation The Architecture of Participation in the Thought of Richard Hooker - Paul A. Dominiak
Dissertation The Doctrine of the Royal Supremacy in the Thought of Richard Hooker - W. J. Torrance Kirby
Dissertation The Doctrine of Salvation in the Sermons of Richard Hooker - C. C. Simut
Dissertation Doctrinal and Stylistic Elements in the Sermons of John Donne, Richard Hooker,
           and Lancelot Andrewes - Richard J. Gibson
Dissertation The Evolving Reputation of Richard Hooker: An Examination of Responses
           to the Ecclesiastical Polity, 1640-1714 - Michael A. Brydon
Dissertation Freedom of a Christian Commonwealth: Richard Hooker and the Problem
           of Christian Liberty - W. Bradford Littlejohn
Dissertation Richard Hooker's Doctrine of the Holy Spirit - John K. Stafford
Thesis The Prose Style of Richard Hooker in The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity - Anne M. Gale
Thesis Consent and Political Obligation: Richard Hooker to John Locke - Dean Kernan
Thesis Richard Hooker and the Authority of Scripture, Tradition and Reason - Nigel T. Atkinson
Thesis Richard Hooker and His Theory of Anglicanism - Marilyn J. Becic
Thesis The Christian Dimension of the Origin of Constitutionalism: St. Augustine,
           Thomas Aquinas, Richard Hooker and John Locke - Wenting Liu
Thesis Richard Hooker's Disputative Method - Pamela C. Laird
Thesis "The participation of God himself": Law and Mediation in the Thought of Richard Hooker - Charles W. Irish
Richard Hooker and the Development of English Hypothetical Universalism - Michael J. Lynch
More than a Swineherd: Hooker, Vermigli, and the Aristotelian Defense of the Royal Supremacy - Bradford Littlejohn
The Search for a Reformed Hooker: Some Modest Proposals - Bradford Littlejohn
Sectarianism and the Search for Visible Catholicity: Lessons from John Nevin and Richard Hooker - Bradford Littlejohn
'Law Makes the King': Richard Hooker on Law and Princely Rule - Torrance Kirby
Augustinian Immediacy and Dionysian Mediation in John Colet, Edmund Spenser,
           Richard Hooker and the Cardinal de BĂ©rulle - Wayne J. Hankey
Il pensiero di Richard Hooker all'origine della teologia anglicana - Gianluigi Gugliermetto
The Quest for the Historical Hooker - John Booty
Hooker's Understanding of the Authority of Scripture as a Resource for Anglicans Today - Alison Quin
'The Law of a Commonweal': The Social Vision of Hooker's Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity
           and Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew - Ken Jacobsen
Hooker's Apprentice: God, Entelechy, Beauty, and Desire in Book One
           of Richard Hooker's Lawes of Ecclesiasticall Politie - Patrick D. M. Patterson
Richard Hooker's Trinitarian Hermeneutic of Grace - Barry G. Rasmussen
Prudence and Custom: Revisiting Hooker on Authority - William H. Harrison
"The reliques and ragges of popish superstition": The Effect of Richard Hooker's
           Of the Lawes of Ecclesticall Polity on Book V of The Faerie Queene - Vince P. Redder
Richard Hooker and the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood - Stephen Sykes
Scripture, tradition and reason — Hooker's supposed 3-legged stool - Peter Toon
Exploring Issues of Authority in the Tradition of Richard Hooker - Paul Avis
Sacramental Theology in Hooker's Laws : A Structural Perspective - William O. Gregg
Hooker's Criteria for Liturgy - Daniel B. Stevick
Answering "the Known Men": Bishop Reginald Pecock and Mr. Richard Hooker by Charles W. Brockwell, Jr.
Hooker, Ecumenism, and Authority - Robert Rea
Hooker's Discourse on Natural Law in the Context of the Magisterial Reformation - W. J. Torrance Kirby
Richard Hooker and Prayer - Cameron Lesage

Sir Walter Ralegh =Student Essay
Thesis Fifteen Years at His Majesty's Pleasure: The Relationship of King James I of England and
           His Prisoner, Sir Walter Ralegh - Ann Doremus
Thesis Ralegh's Dilemma: Medieval Providentialism and Renaissance Nationalism
           in The History of the World - Chin-yi Lai Lai
Thesis Sir Walter Ralegh's Legacy: His History of the World in the Seventeenth Century - Steven Carriger
BA Thesis Intimacy, Influence, and Imitation: a Study of the Courtly Love Poetry of Sir Walter Ralegh - Mariah R. Raney
Imagined Apotheoses: Drake, Harriot, and Ralegh in the Americas - William M. Hamlin
L'El Dorado di Ralegh e di Calibano - Rocco Coronato
Sir Walter Ralegh y la escritura literaria del primer colonialismo europeo - David Fiel
Cani latranti, magia e miracoli di Cristo. Spunti pichiani
           nella 'History of the World' di Sir Walter Ralegh - Gilberto Sacerdoti
'The Great Day of Mart': Returning to Texts at the Trial of Sir Walter Ralegh in 1603 - Rosalind Davies
Dialectical Tension in Sir Walter Raleigh's Life and Work - Socorro Suárez & Juan E. Tazón
Sir Walter Ralegh: El Pirata Poeta - Anna Maria Leoni T.
A Shroud for the Mind: Ralegh's Poetic Rewriting of the Self - Miri Tashma-Baum EMLS
Raleigh, Sidney, Oxford, and the Catholics, 1579 - D. C. Peck
To (Re)fashion a Gentleman: Ralegh's Disgrace in Spenser's Legend of Courtesy - Jeffrey B. Morris
Ralegh's Early Poetry and its Metrical Context - Carlo M. Bajetta
"Left to the world without a Maister": Sir Walter Ralegh's The History of the World as a Public Text - Anna R. Beer
French and Italian sources for Ralegh's 'Farewell False Love' - Jonathan Gibson
A Contemporary View of Sir Walter Ralegh - John T. Shawcross
Gold on Credit: Martin Frobisher's and Walter Raleigh's Economies of Evidence - William N. West
Bringing "this monstrous birth to the world's light": Colonial Mimicry in Early Modern Writing - Sabine Schülting
Sir Walter Ralegh's Treason: A Prosecution Document - Mark Nicholls
New Pleasures Prove: Evidence of Dialectical Disputatio in Early Modern
           Manuscript Culture [Ralegh, Marlowe, Donne, Herbert] - Margaret Downs-GambleEMLS
Contribution of Sir Walter Raleigh to the Development of English Colonial Enterprise - Sam Hemingbrough
The Credit of Truth: Thomas Hariot and the Defense of Ralegh - Vance Briceland
What Ralegh Discovered about Guiana - Steven Thomas
The Poetry Contest: Sir Walter Ralegh, Christopher Marlowe and John Donne - Janice Greer

Thomas Hariot =Student Essay
A New Perceived Reality: Thomas Harriot's Moon Maps - Allan Chapman
Borrowed Perceptions: Harriot's Maps of the Moon - T. F. Bloom
Thomas Harriot's Reputation for Impiety - Jean Jacquot
The Soft Logic of Thomas Harriot - H. T. Goranson
Bringing "this monstrous birth to the world's light": Colonial Mimicry in Early Modern Writing - Sabine Schülting
The Credit of Truth: Thomas Hariot and the Defense of Ralegh - Vance Briceland

Robert Southwell =Student Essay
Dissertation Poetry, Prayer, and Pedagogy: Writings By and For the English Catholic Community, 1547-1650 - Patricia M. Garcia
Dissertation A Biographical Study of Robert Southwell and his Historical and Cultural Milieu - Ibrahim A. Mumayiz
Dissertation Robert Southwell: Exponent of Religious Poetry in the Elizabethan Age - M. Agnes Haganey
Dissertation Sacramental Signification: Eucharistic Poetics from Chaucer to Milton - Shaun Ross
Dissertation The Song of Songs in Late Elizabethan, Jacobean and Caroline Poetry - Hilary E. Elder
Thesis Robert Southwell, S.J.: Religious Poet of the English Renaissance - Julia S. Hughes
Thesis Metaphorical Angst: The Influence of the Theological Aesthetic on the Metaphors
           of Robert Southwell and John Donne - Matthew Gaster
Thesis The Ministry of Passion and Meditation: Robert Southwell's Marie Magdalens Funeral Teares
           and the Adaptation of Continental Influences - Mark R. Benedict
"No tombe but throne": Robert Southwell and the Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin - Lilla Grindlay
Polemic and Paradox in Robert Southwell's Lyric Poems - Sadia Abbas
N.D. versus O.E.: Anonymity's Moral Ambiguity in Elizabethan Catholic Controversy - Marcy L. North
Robert Southwell Teaches Us How to Survive - Solange Strong Hertz
Southwell's "New Heaven, New Warre" - Karen Batley
The Curious Case of Robert Southwell, Gerard Hopkins and a Princely Spanish Hawk - Gary M. Bouchard
Southwell's "Christ's Bloody Sweat" - Mary Lowe-Evans
Southwell's "A Vale of Tears": A Psychoanalysis of Form - Gary Kuchar
Southwell and His Idea of Death as a Divine Honor - Antonio S. Oliver

Thomas Campion =Student Essay
Please see Essays and Articles on Thomas Campion

Mary (Sidney) Herbert, Countess of Pembroke =Student Essay
Dissertation "Royal wench": Investigating Gender and Power in the Antony and Cleopatra Plays
           of the English Renaissance - Yvonne D. Hann
Dissertation Writing Herbert Writing Sidney: Mary Sidney Herbert, Literary Patronage,
           and Early Modern Textual Production - Joan Perkins
Dissertation Wicked Words, Virtuous Voices: The Reconstruction of Tragic Subjectivity
           by Renaissance and Early Restoration Women Dramatists - Marguérite C. M. Corporaal
Dissertation The Countess of Pembroke's 'Tragedy of Antonie' - Alice H. Luce
The Song of Songs in Late Elizabethan, Jacobean and Caroline Poetry - Hilary E. Elder
Thesis "Lady Alcumy": Elizabethan Gentlewomen and the Practice of Chymistry - Sienna L. Latham
Thesis Cleopatra: Three Visions of her Infinite Variety - Katherine L. Baker [Daniel, Mary Sidney, Shakespeare]

'To the highest God I will erect my cry': Translation, Mediation, and Personal Expression
Subtle Evasions: Mary Sidney and Social Expectations for Women's Private Roles - Martha Diede
           in Mary Sidney Herbert's Psalmes - E. MacDonald-Murray
Commentary on Selected Psalms Translated by Mary Sidney - Tom Dlugosh
Multiple Arcadias and the Literary Quarrel between Fulke Greville and the Countess of Pembroke - Joel Davis
Mary Sidney's Antonius and the ambiguities of French history - Anne Lake Prescott
Mary Sidney's Psalms and the Uses of History - Gerald Hammond
Pleasurable Spaces: The Re-Writing of Women's Theological Experience
           in Mary Sidney's Psalmes - Katherine Larson
Davies's Astraea and Other Contexts of the Countess of Pembroke's "A Dialogue" - Mary C. Erler
Edmund Spenser, Mary Sidney, and the Doleful Lay - Pamela Coren
"Milksop Muses" or Why Not Mary? - Penny McCarthy
Brothers' Keepers and Philip's Siblings: The Poetics of the Sidney Family - Elizabeth Mazzola
"In sort as she it sung": Spenser's "Doleful Lay" and the Construction of Female Authorship - Danielle Clarke
"Outrage your face": Anti-Theatricality and Gender in Early Modern Closet Drama by Women - K. O. AchesonEMLS
"The Wreck of Order" in Early Modern Women's Drama - Irene BurgessEMLS
Closet Drama Politics in the Works of Lady Jane Lumley, Mary Sidney and Lady Elizabeth Cary - Jessica K. B. Pirie

Sir John Davies
=Dissertation    =Thesis    = Undergrad Thesis =Student Essay

Dissertation The Rhetoric of Stasis, Gesture, and Dance in Renaissance Literature - Melissa L. Hudler
Dissertation Sir John Davies' Law Reports and the Consolidation of the Tudor Conquest of Ireland - H. S. Pawlisch
Thesis Reformation and Revelry: The Practices and Politics of Dancing in Early Modern England - E. F. Winerock
Book: Philosophy in Poetry: A Study of Sir John Davies's Poem "Nosce Teipsum" (1903) - E. Hershey Sneath
Sir John Davies - T. S. Eliot
Senses of Unending in the Work of Sir John Davies - Adam Hansen
Known Unknowns: Sir John Davies' Nosce Teipsum in Conversation - A. Ossa-Richardson
Nosce Teipsum: The Senses of Self-Knowledge in Early Modern England - E. L. Swann
'What fame is this?' John Davies' Epigrammes in Late Elizabethan London - Susanna Hop
From a View to a Discovery: Edmund Spenser, Sir John Davies, and
           the Defects of Law in the Realm of Ireland - D. Alan Orr
Davies's Astraea and Other Contexts of the Countess of Pembroke's "A Dialogue" - Mary C. Erler
Rival Discourses of Dancing in Early Modern England - Skiles Howard
Nosce Teipsum de Davies: en écho à la visite en Angleterre de Giordano Bruno? - Gisèle Venet
Sir John Davies: More Than A Poet - Dave Horne

Samuel Daniel
=Dissertation    =Thesis    = Undergrad Thesis =Student Essay

Dissertation Daniel's Cleopatra: A New Critical Edition - Dorothy H. Bowles
Dissertation Monuments in Verse: The Poetry and Poetics of Samuel Daniel - Kelly Anne Quinn
Dissertation Silencing the Sirens: Patronage and the New World in Spenser, Daniel, and Shakespeare - John C. Sievers
Dissertation Samuel Daniel's Civil Wars and Shakespeare's Early History Plays - David S. Weiss
Dissertation "This cursed womb": The Queen as Mother on the Early Modern Stage - Mary Kathryn Stripling
Dissertation The Morality of Learning and the Concept of the Poet: A Study of the Debate on the Purpose, Role
           and Scope of Human Learning in England in the Late 16th and Early 17th Centuries - David G. Booy
Dissertation "The speaking picture of the mind": The Poetic Style of Samuel Daniel - Harold N. Hild
Dissertation Grief as Medicine for Grief: Complaint Poetry in Early Modern England - J. T. Diaz
Dissertation Ovidian Female-Voiced Complaint Poetry in Early Modern England - Katherine Jo Smith
Dissertation Ghost Complaint: Historiography, Gender, and the Return of the Dead in Elizabethan Literature - D. C. Jellerson
Dissertation Unparadised Women: Royal Mistresses in Early Modern English Literature - Christine A. Cornell
Dissertation The 2nd Earl of Essex and the History Players: the Factional Writing
           of John Hayward, William Shakespeare, Samuel Daniel, and George Chapman - Matthew Bran Davies
Thesis Samuel Daniel's Delia - Peter Reimann
Thesis Cleopatra: Three Visions of her Infinite Variety - Katherine L. Baker [Daniel, Mary Sidney, Shakespeare]

"The English Masque" - Felix E. Schelling
C. S. Lewis on Daniel's Delia
C. S. Lewis on Daniel and Drayton
Hannay on Daniel
On Delia - John Erskine
Sonnet Literature: Sidney, Spenser, Drayton, Daniel - Richard Firestone [ff. p194]
'Sporting the While': Carpe Diem and the Cruel Fair in Daniel's Delia and Complaint of Rosamond - E. H. Sagaser
Daniel's The Complaint of Rosamond and the arrival of Tasso's Armida in England - J. Lawrence
Amazon Reflections in the Jacobean Queen's Masque - Kathryn Schwarz
The Form and Cadence of Samuel Daniel's Sonnets - Emily Lu Pearson
Samuel Daniel and Talon's Rhetoric - Micha Lazarus
"Things Uttered to My Selfe and Consecrated to Silence": Samuel Daniel's Silent Rhetoric - Christine Sukič
Samuel Daniel, A Defense of Ryme: Poétique et Politique - Christine Sukič
Samuel Daniel's Authorial Strategies in The Queenes Arcadia - Christine Sukič
"The title of a poet": autorité et auctorialité dans les sonnets de William Shakespeare,
           de Samuel Daniel et de sir Philip Sidney - Christine Sukič
Samuel Daniel et le paradoxe de la frontière - Christine Sukič
Samuel Daniel et le paradoxe de la frontière: "Thames doth out goe / Declined Tybur" - Christine Sukič
"Take Here This Prospective": Specular Reflections of the Female Spectators
           in Samuel Daniel's Vision of the Twelve Goddesses - Christine Sukič
Samuel Daniel and Edification - Gregory Kneidel
Reading Anne Clifford's Books in the Company of Samuel Daniel - Antoinina Bevan Zlatar
Daniel's Cleopatra and Lady Anne Clifford: From a Jacobean Portrait
           to Modern Performance - Arshad, Hacket, and Whipday
Ecphrasis and Reading Practices in Elizabethan Narrative Verse - Kelly A. Quinn
Daniel versus Jonson: Books, Beasts and Birds - John Pitcher
Samuel Daniel's Gifts of Books to Lord Chancellor Egerton - John Pitcher
Caught Between "virtue" and "memorie": Providential and Political Historiography
           in Samuel Daniel's The Civil Wars - Alzada Tipton
'The power of his commanding trident': Tethys' Festival as Royal Policy - Anne Daye
Treasonous Silence: The Tragedy of Philotas and Legal Epistemology - Kevin Curran
The Writings and West Country World of Samuel Daniel - P. Merchant
"Much augmented" and "somewhat beautified": Revisions in Three Female Complaints of the 1590s - Anna Swärdh
"Love is Not Love": Elizabethan Sonnet Sequences and the Social Order - Arthur F. Marotti
Rosamond: A Look at the Importance of Mythology - Shannon Boland

Michael Drayton
=Dissertation    =Thesis    = Undergrad Thesis =Student Essay

Dissertation Bibliofictions: Ovidian Heroines and the Tudor Book - Lindsay A. Reid
Dissertation A Study of Arthurian Poetry in the English Renaissance, from Spenser to Dryden - Marion Wynne-Davies
Dissertation Telos and Philology in the Early Modern English Epic - John P. Hampstead
Thesis Didacticism in the Historical Poetry of Michael Drayton - Linda A. Salathe
Thesis "As thus to varietie inclin'd": Drayton, Byron, and Laureateship - Lisa M. Ulevich
Book: Oliver Elton's Michael Drayton; a Critical Study, 1905
Schelling on Drayton
C. S. Lewis on Drayton's Idea
C. S. Lewis on Daniel and Drayton
The Sonnets of Michael Drayton - Lemuel Whitaker, 1904
Ovid's Heroides, Drayton and the Articulation of the Feminine in the English Renaissance - Danielle Clarke
Poetry and Place in Drayton and Jonson - Canice J. Egan, S. J.
Sonnet Literature: Sidney, Spenser, Drayton, Daniel - Richard Firestone [ff. p194]
Ecphrasis and Reading Practices in Elizabethan Narrative Verse - Kelly A. Quinn
The Changing Moods of Michael Drayton's Sonnets - Emily Lu Pearson
Michael Drayton and the Writing of Jacobean Britain - Tristan Marshall
The Politics of Fairylore in Early Modern English Literature - Marjorie Swann
Sonnet into Epigram: Michael Drayton's Shifting Priorities from
           Ideas Mirrour (1594) to Idea. In Sixtie Three Sonnets (1619) - Christopher Lane
Excerpts from Hardin's Michael Drayton and the Passing of Elizabethan England, 1973
Michael Drayton and his "Idea's Mirror" - The Gentleman's Magazine, 1907
The History Never Written: Bards, Druids, and the Problem of Antiquarianism in 'Poly Olbion.' - John E. Curran, Jr.
Explication of "How Many Paltry Foolish Painted Things" - Caitlin Jafolla

Fulke Greville
=Dissertation    =Thesis    = Undergrad Thesis =Student Essay

Dissertation The Morality of Learning and the Concept of the Poet: A Study of the Debate on the Purpose, Role
           and Scope of Human Learning in England in the Late 16th and Early 17th Centuries - David G. Booy
Dissertation The Works of Fulke Greville - Morris W. Croll
Thesis Fulke Greville's Caelica: The Work of an Elizabethan - James W. Newcomb
Thesis The Janus-faced Philosophy of Fulke Greville - Margaret Anne L. Mathieson
Thesis Fulke Greville and the Art of Poetry: A Study in Theory and Practice - Paul G. Reeve
Thesis Manuscrito e Impresso: as diferentes materialidades do texto de Fulke Greville - Bruna Braga Fontes

Centaurs of the Mind: Imagination and Fiction-making in the Work of Fulke Greville - Freya Sierhuis
Friendship and Freedom of Speech: Experiments with Life-writing in Greville's Life of Sidney - Freya Sierhuis
My Creeping Genius: Fulke Greville's Hidden Jealousy towards Sidney's Talent - Yuichiro Nishino
Multiple Arcadias and the Literary Quarrel between Fulke Greville and the Countess of Pembroke - Joel Davis
The Political Atheology of George Puttenham and Fulke Greville - Ethan Guagliardo
"A well-framed art": Fulke Greville and the Refashioning of Nature - Andrew D. Weiner
The Literary Afterlife of the Essex Circle: Fulke Greville, Tacitus, and BL Additional MS 18638 - Bradley J. Irish
"Bastard Children of Tyranny": The Ancient Constitution and
           Fulke Greville's A Dedication to Sir Philip Sidney - Peter C. Herman
Greville's Caelica and the Fullness of Time - Germaine Warkentin
"Changeling love": The Function of Cupid in Fulke Greville's Caelica - Joan Curbet
Fulke Greville's Caelica and the Calvinist Self - Elaine Y. L. Ho
Fulke Greville's Caelica LVIII - G. A. Wilkes
Martin Peerson and Greville's Caelica Gavin Alexander
The Chorus Sacerdotum in Fulke Greville's Mustapha - G. A. Wilkes
Dealing With Tyranny: Fulke Greville's Mustapha - Seda Erkoç
Image of Mustapha in Fulke Greville's Mustapha - Fahd Al-Olaqi
The Counsel of Fulke Greville: Transforming the Jacobean "nourish father"
           Through Sidney's "nursing father" - Elizabeth A. Spiller
The "mannes state" of Philip Sidney: Pre-scripting the Life of the Poet in England - Kevin Pask
The Earl of Essex, Fulke Greville, and the Employment of Scholars - Paul E. J. Hammer
'Pleasing vices': Machiavelli and Greville on Princely Conduct - William R. Drennan
Fulke Greville and Proportional Form - Tom W. N. Parker
'Divided and Distinguished Worlds': Greville's Religious Poetry - Donald Mackenzie
"The Uncanny Stranger on Display": The Female Body in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Love Poetry - M. Baker
The Pleasures of Restraint: the Mean of Coyness in Cavalier poetry - Joshua Scodel
"Love is Not Love": Elizabethan Sonnet Sequences and the Social Order - Arthur F. Marotti
Greville's Caelica 2: The Mistress as Virgin/Whore - Anniina Jokinen

Aemilia Lanyer =Student Essay
Dissertation Engendering Authority in Aemilia Lanyer's "Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum" - Kari Boyd McBride
Dissertation Revisions of Eve: Narrative Instability and Tragic Action in Cary, Lanyer, and Milton - Evelyn N. Bennett
Dissertation Early Modern Women Writers and Humility as Rhetoric: Aemilia Lanyer's
            Table-Turning Use of Modesty - Kathryn L. Sandy-Smith
Dissertation Class, Authority, and the Querelle des Femmes: A Women's Community
            of Resistance in Early Modern Europe - Dana E. Lawrence
Dissertation Imagining Unity: The Politics of Transcendence in Donne, Lanyer, Crashaw, and Milton - Jayme M. Yeo
Dissertation "Virtue's Friends": The Politics of Friendship in Early Modern English Women's Writing - Allison Johnson
Dissertation The Song of Songs in Late Elizabethan, Jacobean and Caroline Poetry - Hilary E. Elder
Dissertation Dissident Metaphysics in Renaissance Women's Poetry - Sajed Ali Chowdhury
Dissertation The Weapons of the "True Warfaring Christian": Right Reason
            and Free Will in Seventeenth-Century Literature - Nancy R. Bradley
Dissertation Reading Women Writers in the Cultural Politics of Early Modern England - Edith Snook
Thesis "Beauty's Red and Virtue's White": Representations of the Beauty/Virtue Topos in Book III of Edmund Spenser's
            Faerie Queene and Aemilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum - Emily A. Johnson
Thesis Lanyer's Virtual Community: The Defense of Female Community in Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum - Megan Roberts
Thesis The Country-House Poems of Lanyer, Jonson, Carew, and Marvell: Emblems
            of Social Change in the Seventeenth Century - Diane B. Gill
Thesis Venus' Frown: The Paradox of Chaste Marriage in the Dedicatory Poems to Salve Deus Rex Judæorum - Forrest Hamrick
Thesis "Noble virtues" and "Rich chaines": Patronage in the Poetry of Aemilia Lanyer - Elizabeth Fletcher
Thesis Gender, Genre, and the Canon: Teaching Aemilia Lanyer - Jeremy Jurgens
Thesis The Epic Structure and Subversive Messages of Æmilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judæorum - Melanie Faith
Thesis Theological Dramatics: Two Case Studies, Milton and Lanyer - Nathan P. Gilmour
Thesis Minor Movements: (Re)locating the Travels of Early Modern English Women - Leah J. Wahlin
Thesis Aemilia Lanyer and Rachel Speght: Literary Strategies, A Case Study - María Sosa Garrido
Thesis The Epic Structure and Subversive Messages of Æmilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judæorum - Melanie Faith
Thesis Early Modern Women's Dream Visions: Male Literary Tradition and the Female Authorial Voice - Colleen E. Shea
Thesis "Our general mother": Eve's Mythic Power and the Poetry of Aemilia Lanyer, John Milton,
            Elizabeth Barrett, and Christina Rossetti - Sarah C. McCollum
"Challendge to Your Selves no Sov'raigntie:" Aemilia Lanyer, Saint Monica, Christian Feminine Virtue
            and its Challenge to the Patriarchal Symbolic Order - Helen Pluckrose
The Selfe Undone: Individualism and Relationality in John Donne and Aemilia Lanyer - Constance Furey
Amelia Lanyer and the Politics of Praise - Su Fang Ng
Remembering Orpheus in the Poems of Aemilia Lanyer - Kari Boyd McBride
"The Ocean of true grace:" Aemelia Lanyer Presents Jesus - James Wardwell
"Fast ti'd unto them in a golden Chaine": Typology, Apocalypse, and Woman's Genealogy
            in Aemilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum - Marie H. Loughlin
A Woman with Saint Peter's Keys?: Aemilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum
            and the Priestly Gifts of Women
Remembering Cynthia: The Legacy of Elizabeth I in the Poetry of Aemilia Lanyer and Diana Primrose - Younkyung Kim
The Shakespearean Connection to Aemilia Lanyer - John Hudson
Prophecy and Gendered Mourning in Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum - Elizabeth M. A. Hodgson
An Apology for Knowledge: Gender and the Hermeneutics of Incarnation in the Works of
            Aemilia Lanyer and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz - B. R. SiegfriedEMLS
Breaking "the rule of Cortezia": Aemilia Lanyer's Dedications to Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum - Lisa Schnell
Writing in service: sexual politics and class position in the poetry of Aemilia Lanyer and Ben Jonson - A. B. Coiro
Writing in Neutral: The Use of Androgyny by Rachel Speght and Aemilia Lanyer - Heather Morrow

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