Early Modern Literary Studies

Early Modern Literary Studies (ISSN 1201-2459) is a refereed journal serving as a formal arena for scholarly discussion and as an academic resource for researchers in the area. Articles in EMLS examine English literature, literary culture, and language during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; responses to published papers are also published as part of a Readers' Forum. Reviews evaluate recent work as well as academic tools of interest to scholars in the field. EMLS is committed to gathering and to maintaining links to the most useful and comprehensive internet resources for Renaissance scholars, including archives, electronic texts, discussion groups, and beyond.

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Special Issue 24: Readings of Love and Death (2015)

Edited by Jessica Dyson, Niamh Cooney, and Jana Pridalova.


This special issue seeks to explore the cultural constructions of ‘love’ and ‘death’ in the early modern period, and in particular how these topics inform the representation and understanding of each other in early modern literature. Moreover, our contributors are concerned with the ways in which images of love and death provide opportunities to reflect upon broader religious, political and cultural concerns of the period.

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Conceptions of Love and Death in Early Modern Literature PDF
Jessica Dyson, Niamh Cooney, Jana Pridalova


The “Concaue Wombe”: Echo, Love and Death in A Louers Complaint PDF
Will McKenzie
"With kissing him I should have killed him first": Death in Ovid and Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis PDF
Sarah Carter
The Politics of Love: The Broken Heart in the Caroline Context PDF
Jessica Dyson
"Desire is Death" in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida PDF
Unhae Langis
"No tombe but throne": Robert Southwell and the Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin PDF
Lilla Grindlay

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ISSN: 1201-2459