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A Companion to Shakespeare's Sonnets


Michael Schoenfeldt
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This Companion represents the myriad ways of thinking about the remarkable achievement of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

» An authoritative reference guide and extended introduction to Shakespeare’s sonnets.

» Contains more than 20 newly-commissioned essays by both established and younger scholars.

» Considers the form, sequence, content, literary context, editing and printing of the sonnets.

» Shows how the sonnets provide a mirror in which cultures can read their own critical biases.

» Informed by the latest theoretical, cultural and archival work.

All recent publications by Michael Schoenfeldt

  • The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Poetry
  • A Companion to Shakespeare's Sonnets
  • Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England: Physiology and Inwardness in Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton

All publications by Michael Schoenfeldt

“Lessons from the body: moralizations explaining disability and deformity,” in The Cambridge World Encyclopedia of Shakespeare, ed. Bruce Smith (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 1: 795-802.

“Herbert and Pleasure,” George Herbert Journal, Vol. 38, nos. 1 and 2 (2014/15): 145-57.
Foreward, The Wit and Wisdom of Shakespeare: 32 Sonnets Made Thoroughly Accessible, by Darrel Walters (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), pp. ix-x.
“The Unbearable Permeability of Bodies and Minds,” in Embodied Cognition and Shakespeare’s Theatre: The Early Modern Body-Mind , ed. by Laurie Johnson, John Sutton, and Evelyn Tribble, (New York:   Routledge, 2014), pp. 105-110.

“The Real Presence of Absent Puns: George Herbert’s ‘Love (III),’” in Shakespeare Up Close: Examining the Early Modern Text, ed. Nicholas Nace, Russ McDonald, and Travis D. Williams (Routledge, 2013).

“Metaphysical Poetry,” in the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, ed. Roland Greene (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012).

“Shakespearean Pain,” in Shakespearean Sensations, ed. Tanya Pollard and Katharine Craik (Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 191-207.

“The Political Economy of English Departments,” ADE Bulletin, number  151 (2011), pp. 18-22.

The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare’s Poetry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

“Marvell and the Designs of Art,” in the Cambridge Companion to Andrew Marvell, ed. Derek Hirst and Steven Zwicker (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)"Eloquent Blood and Deliberative Bodies: The Physiology of Metaphysical Poetry," in Renaissance Transformations: The Making of English Writing, 1500-1650, ed. Thomas Healy and Margaret Healy (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010) , pp. 145-60.

"Aesthetics and Anesthetics: The Art of Pain Management in Early Modern England," in The Sense of Suffering: Constructions of Physical Pain in Early Modern Culture, eds. Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen and Karl Enenkel, in a special issue of Transactions (Leiden: Brill, 2009): 19-38.

"George Herbert’s Divine Comedy: Humor in The Temple," in Divisions on a Ground: Essays in Honor of Donald Friedman, co-edited with Kimberly Johnson and Richard Strier (a special issue of the George Herbert Journal, vol. 29, nos. 1 and 2 Spring 2006; published May 2008), pp. 45-66.

“’Give Sorrow Words’: Emotional Loss and the Articulation of Temperament in Early Modern England,” in Dead Lovers: Erotic Bonds and the Study of Premodern Europe, ed. Basil Dufallo and Peggy McCracken (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007), pp. 143-64.

"The Sonnets,” The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s Poetry, ed. Patrick Cheney (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 125-43.

A Companion to Shakespeare’s Sonnets, editor (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006).

“’Commotion strange’: Milton and Passion,” Reading the Early Modern Passions, ed. Gail Kern Paster, Mary Floyd-Wilson, and Katherine Rowe (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), pp. 43-67 “Recent Studies in the English Renaissance,” Studies in English Literature 44, no. 1 (Winter 2004): 189-228.

“Reading Bodies,” Reading, Society and Politics in Early Modern England, ed. Steven Zwicker and Kevin Sharpe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), pp. 215-43.

Imagining Death in Spenser and Milton, co-edited with Elizabeth Jane Bellamy and Patrick Cheney (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).

"'That spectacle of too much weight': The Poetics of Sacrifice in Donne, Herbert, and Milton," Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 31, vol. 3 (2001): 561-84, reprinted in Seventeenth-Century British Poetry 1603-1660, ed. John Rumrich and Gregory Chaplin (New York: Norton, 2006), pp. 890-906."Obedience and Autonomy in Paradise Lost," A Companion to Milton, ed. Thomas Corns (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001), pp. 363-79.

Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England: Physiology and Inwardness in Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton (Cambridge University Press, 1999).

"Making Shakespeare's Sonnets Matter in the Classroom,” Approaches to Teaching Sixteenth-Century Poetry, ed. Patrick Cheney and Ann Lake Prescott (New York: Modern Language Association, 1999).

"Courts and Patronage," The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, vol. 3, Renaissance to Late Seventeenth-Century, ed. Glyn P. Northon (Cambridge University Press, 1999).

"The Matter of Inwardness: Shakespeare's Sonnets," Shakespeare's Sonnets: Critical Essays, ed. James Schiffer (New York: Garland, 1998), pp. 305-24.

"Subversion or Collusion? Revising Jacobean England," Comparative Studies in Society and History 39, vol. 4 (1997): 772-78.

"Fables of the Belly in Early Modern England," in The Body in Parts: Fantasies of Corporeality in Early Modern Culture, ed. David Hillman and Carla Mazzio (New York: Routledge, 1997), pp. 242-61.

"The Gender of Religious Devotion: Amelia Lanyer and John Donne," in Religion and Culture in the English Renaissance, ed. Debora Shuger and Claire McEachern (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), pp. 209-33.

"Doing Literature and History," Journal of British Studies 36 (1997): 355-63.

"The Poetry of Conduct: Accommodation and Transgression: in The Faerie Queene, Book 6," in Enclosure Acts: Sexuality, Property, and Culture in Early Modern England, ed. Richard Burt and John Archer (Cornell University Press, 1994).

"The Poetry of Supplication: Toward a Cultural Poetics of the Religious Lyric" in New Perspectives on the Seventeenth-Century English Religious Lyric, ed. John R. Roberts (University of Missouri Press, 1993).

"Gender and Conduct in Paradise Lost" in Sexuality and Gender in Early Modern Europe: Institutions, Texts Images, ed. James G. Turner (Cambridge University Press, 1993, pp. 310-38).

"'Among Unequals What Society?': Strategic Courtesy and Christian Humility in Paradise Lost," Milton Studies, 28, 1992, pp. 69-90.

Prayer & Power: George Herbert and Renaissance Courtship (University of Chicago Press, 1991).

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