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Forms of Association
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In today’s connected and interactive world, it is hard to imagine a time when cultural and intellectual interests did not lead people to associate with others who shared similar views and preoccupations. In this volume of essays, fifteen scholars explore how these kinds of relationships began to transform early modern European culture. Forms of Association grows out of the “Making Publics: Media, Markets, and Association in Early Modern Europe” (MaPs) project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This scholarly initiative convened an interdisciplinary research team to consider how “publics”—new forms of association built on the shared interests of individuals—developed in Europe from 1500 to 1700. Drawing on a wide array of texts and histories, including the plays of Shakespeare, the legend of Robin Hood, paintings, and music as well as English gossip about France, the contributors develop a historical account of what publics were in early modern Europe. This collaborative study provides a dynamic way of understanding the political dimensions of artistic and intellectual works and opens the way toward a new history of early modernity. Until his death in 2008, the great Renaissance scholar Richard Helgerson was a key participant in the MaPs project. The scholars featured in this volume originally met in Montreal to engage in a critical, commemorative conversation about Helgerson’s work, the issues and questions coming out of the MaPs project, and how Helgerson’s thinking advanced and could in turn be advanced by MaPs. This collection represents the fruits of that conversation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Marlene Eberhart, Amy Scott, and Paul Yachnin
  3. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part I: Writing Publics (Publics and Nation)
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 1. States, Nations, and Publics: The Politics of Language Reform in Renaissance England
  2. David Harris Sacks
  3. pp. 19-41
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  1. 2. Translating the Law: Sir Edward Coke and the Formation of a Juristic Public
  2. Stephen Deng
  3. pp. 42-57
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  1. 3. Apocalyptics and Apologetics: Richard Helgerson on Elizabethan England’s Religious Identity and the Formation of the Public Sphere
  2. Torrance Kirby
  3. pp. 58-74
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  1. Part II: Forming Social Identities and Publics
  2. pp. 75-76
  1. 4. Perverse Delights: Cross Channel Trash Talk and Identity Publics
  2. Anne Lake Prescott
  3. pp. 77-92
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  1. 5. Making Public the Private
  2. pp. 93-114
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  1. 6. Public and Private Intercourse in Dutch Genre Scenes: Soldiers and Enigmatic Women / Painters and Enigmatic Paintings
  2. Angela Vanhaelen
  3. pp. 115-132
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  1. 7. Sonnets from Carthage, Ballads from Prison: Entertainment and Public Making in Early Modern Spain
  2. Javier Castro-Ibaseta
  3. pp. 133-152
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  1. Part III: Networks and Publics
  2. pp. 153-154
  1. 8. Forms of Nationhood and Forms of Publics: Geography and Its Publics in Early Modern England
  2. Lesley B. Cormack
  3. pp. 155-175
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  1. 9. “The Land Speaks”: John Shrimpton’s Antiquities of Verulam and St. Albans and the Making of Verulamium
  2. Meredith Donaldson Clark
  3. pp. 176-193
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  1. 10. Collectors, Consumers, and the Making of a Seventeenth-Century English Ballad Public: From Networks to Spheres
  2. Patricia Fumerton
  3. pp. 194-219
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  1. 11. Forms of Internationality: The Album Amicorum and the Popularity of John Owen (1564–1622)
  2. Vera Keller
  3. pp. 220-234
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  1. Part IV: Theatrical Publicity
  2. pp. 235-236
  1. 12. The Voice of Caesar’s Wounds: The Politics of Martyrdom in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
  2. David Lee Miller
  3. pp. 237-255
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  1. 13. Shakespeare’s Pains to Please
  2. Jeffrey Knapp
  3. pp. 256-271
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  1. 14. The Political Fortunes of Robin Hood on the Early Modern Stage
  2. Jean E. Howard
  3. pp. 272-288
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  1. Afterword: Richard Helgerson and Making Publics
  2. Paul Yachnin
  3. pp. 289-312
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 313-318
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 319-335
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  1. Back Cover
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