The origins of early modern literature: recovering mid-Tudor writing for a modern readership

Project start date: 2005-04 Project end date: 2008-10
This project aims to redress the critical neglect of mid-Tudor writing, a period which saw the Reformation, the consolidation of the Tudor state, and the rise of English as a national language. The project team have compiled a searchable, on-line catalogue of literary works printed in English, 1519-1579 - the decades which precede, and lay the foundations for, the canonical period of English Renaissance Literature. This catalogue includes details of titles, authors, printers, booksellers, dedicatees, entries in the Stationers Register, the format in which books were published, and type faces and foreign languages used. It also contains a list of contents for each work, and information about genres, subjects, sources and literary coteries, as well as short essays on the context for each work. The catalogue significantly adds to the information available on ESTC and other bibliographical resources, providing scholars, students and members of the general public with a first point-of-call for research on works from this formative period of early modern literature. You can browse the site, or search by title, date, subject, genre, or surname. The catalogue offers a representative selection of literary works (broadly defined) published between 1519 and 1579, but it does not aim to be comprehensive.
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Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
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An on-line catalogue of a representative selection of literary works printed in English, 1519-1579, searchable by title, date, subject, genre, or surname.
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Open Access
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UK HE institutions involved:
University of Sheffield
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Newcastle University

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Principal staff member:Prof Cathy Shrank (PI), Prof Mike Pincombe (Co-I)
Other staff:Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
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Author(s) of recordCathy Shrank
TitleThe origins of early modern literature: recovering mid-Tudor writing for a modern readership
Record created2010-11-22
Record updated2010-11-22 17:23
URL of recordhttp://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3607
Citation of recordCathy Shrank: The origins of early modern literature: recovering mid-Tudor writing for a modern readership. <http://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3607> created: 2010-11-22, last updated 2010-11-22 17:23
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