By Robin Headlam Wells, Glenn Burgess, Rowland Wymer

For almost 20 years, Renaissance literary scholarship has been ruled via a variety of different types of postmodern feedback which declare to reveal the simplistic method of `traditional' feedback and to provide a extra refined view of the relation among literature and heritage; although, this new method, even if making students extra alert to the political importance of literary texts, has been greatly criticised on either methodological and theoretical grounds. The revisionist essays accumulated during this quantity make a massive contribution to the fashionable debate on historic strategy, impending Renaissance tradition from diverse gender views and numerous political standpoints, yet all sharing an curiosity within the interdisciplinary learn of the previous. participants: GLENN BURGESS, STANLEY STEWART, BLAIR WORDEN, ANDREW GURR, KATHARINE EISAMAN MAUS, ROWLAND WYMER, GRAHAM PARRY, MALCOLM SMUTS, STEVEN ZWICKER, HEATHER DUBROW, ROBIN HEADLAM WELLS.

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82±4. See especially Mervyn James, `At the Crossroads of the Political Culture: The Essex Revolt, 1601', Society Politics and Culture: Studies in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 1986), Chapter 9.

That said, we are still left with an understanding of history that seems to rely upon the interaction of all levels from the meta-narrative to the most particular, and which understands the mobilisation and explanation of `facts' as occurring within frameworks (which usually resemble meta-narratives). 4 If this 3 4 Berkhofer, Beyond the Great Story, pp. 80±88. For a critique of Kuhn and `closed-circle thinking' see Peter Munz, Our Knowledge of the Growth of Knowledge (London, 1985). 3d ± 22/8/0 ± 14:6 ± disk/mp The Political Culture of Early Modern England is so, then there are considerable dangers involved in suggesting that our knowledge of the past might free itself from reliance on meta-narratives.

2. Public and private Sejanus is replete with language that explores the interconnections of the public and private realms, and it is in this that the key to much of its political re¯ection lies. , 1984), p. 65. , pp. 60±1. See Robert C. Evans, `Sejanus: Ethics and Politics in the Early Reign of James', Refashioning Ben Jonson: Gender, Politics and the Jonsonian Canon, ed. Julie Sanders, Kate Chedgzoy and Susan Wiseman (Basingstoke, 1998), Chapter 4; and Blair Worden's contribution to the present volume.

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