© 2010

The English Renaissance in Popular Culture

An Age for All Time

  • Editors
  • Greg Colón Semenza

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: An Age for All Time

    1. Greg Colón Semenza
      Pages 1-21
  3. Renaissance Icons

  4. Renaissance Fantasies

  5. Renaissance Sounds

  6. Renaissance Cinema

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 217-232

About this book


This book considers popular culture's confrontations with the history, thought, and major figures of the English Renaissance through an analysis of 'period films,' television productions, popular literature, and punk music.


culture English literature fiction film film adaptation Middle Ages Renaissance time William Shakespeare

About the authors

GREGORY M. COLÓN SEMENZA Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA.

Bibliographic information


"With admirable breadth and wit, The English Renaissance in Popular Culture illuminates how far modern mass culture's fascination with its counterpart, the culture of early modern England, extends beyond Shakespeare. The range of materials explored - from silent film to punk music, The Tudors TV series to Renaissance fairs, historical fiction to horror films - is especially praiseworthy, as is the critical intelligence and ingenuity with which the contributors analyze how our own culture has been shaped by imaginative and often surprising identifications with the English Renaissance. The intersection of Renaissance scholarship and contemporary cultural studies in this well-conceived collection makes for a thought-provoking, exciting, timely and original contribution to study of the English past in the popular present." - Douglas M. Lanier, Professor of English, University of New Hampshire