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Family Politics in Early Modern Literature

  • Hannah Crawforth
  • Sarah Lewis

Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)

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About this book


This book considers the ways that family relationships (parental, marital, sibling or other) mimic, and stand in for, political ones in the Early Modern period, and vice versa. Bringing together leading international scholars in literary-historical fields to produce scholarship informed by the perspective of contemporary politics, the volume examines the ways in which the family defines itself in transformative moments of potential crisis – birth and death, maturation, marriage – moments when the family is negotiating its position within and through broader cultural frameworks, and when, as a result, family ‘politics’ become most apparent.


Parents Mothers Fathers Husband Wife Siblings Marriage State Identity

Editors and affiliations

  • Hannah Crawforth
    • 1
  • Sarah Lewis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of English Language & LiteratureKing’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of EnglishKing’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Hannah Crawforth is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at King’s College, London, UK, where she is also a founding member of the London Shakespeare Centre. She is the author of Etymology and the Invention of English in Early Modern Literature (2013), co-author, with Sarah Dustagheer and Jennifer Young, of Shakespeare in London (2015), and co-editor, with Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, of On Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Poets’ Celebration (2016).

Sarah Lewis is Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at King’s College London, UK. She has also lectured at University College Dublin, University of Roehampton, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Shakespeare’s Globe. She is currently working on her first monograph, Time and Gender in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama.

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