Sphaera Civitatis

John Case's Sphaera Civitatis (1588)

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Tudor Literature (EN 320)

This page presents some specialized library resources for exploring topics on Tudor literature and its background (1485-1603). The resources include both print and electronic and are arranged into the four categories below. For resources on literature in general, see the left sidebar of this page.


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Articles & Books

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America: History & Life (1964 - Current)
Historical and cultural literature of the United States and Canada from pre-history to the present. For world history see Historical Abstracts.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) (1473 - 1700)
Contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. Now contains about 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement.

Historical Abstracts
Indexes and abstracts scholarly literature on the history of the world, except the United States and Canada, from 1450 to the present.

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
A bibliography of journal articles and reviews pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400 to 1700).

MLA International Bibliography (1926 - Current)
Compiled by the Modern Language Association, this is an essential bibliography for literary criticism on all nationalities, periods, types of literature, and authors, with the exception of classical Greek and Latin literature, which is covered in L'Annee philologique. MLAIB is also strong in scholarship on folklore, linguistics, and the teaching of rhetoric, composition, and literature. It covers articles, books, and dissertations in literature and the additional fields mentioned above.

World Shakespeare Bibliography (1961 - Current)
An international database of books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Reference resources, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias, provide a working knowledge of topics and definitions of words. The following reference resources contain information relevant to Tudor literature.

Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language
Authoritative source on topics about the English language.
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Encyclopedia of Rhetoric (Oxford)
Comprehensive survey of the art of persuasion by leading scholars.
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LEME: Lexicons of Early Modern English (Public Version)
Produced by the University of Toronto, this is the public version of LEME, which allows for simple searches of words. LEME is a database of historical, multilingual lexical materials that helped form Modern English.

Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia
Authoritative articles on the theme of travel and exploration in world literature.

Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
Authoritative entries on Shakespeare's contemporaries, themes, figures of speech, individual works, characters, and historical/social/cultural context.
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Oxford Companion to the Book
Topics on the evolution of the book.
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Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance
Details on major aspects of thought during the Renaissance in 14th to 17th century Europe and the ways this revival continues to influence modern times.
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Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation. Ed. Hans J. Hillerbrand. Oxford University Press, 1996.
Religious and social changes in Europe in the sixteenth century that resulted from the Reformation.
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Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Electronic text of the standard historical dictionary of the English language, including the Additions Series and frequent updates.


Handbooks offer discussions of various critical approaches to literature. The following are some handbooks about Tudor literature.

Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1500-1600
A collection of essays about Tudor literature in its cultural context.

Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama
Introductory essays covering "the ideology, history, playing spaces, plays, playwrights, audiences, technology and much else of the early modern professional theatre in England" (xv).

English Renaissance Drama
This title provides interesting introductions to major themes, writers, plays, and conventions of theater of English Renaissance drama.

English Renaissance, 1500-1620
Designed for undergraduates, this volume provides interesting introductions to the history, writers, key texts, and topics of the English Renaissance.

Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485-1603
Essays on cultural themes in Tudor literature, pointing out key primary and secondary sources.


These are selected videos of English Renaissance plays.

BBC Shakespeare Plays
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Doctor Faustus [videorecording] by Christopher Marlowe (Stage on Screen)
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Duchess of Malfi [videorecording] by John Webster (Stage on Screen
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Volpone [videorecording] by Ben Jonson (Stage on Screen)
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