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Tyranny and Usurpation: The New Prince and Lawmaking Violence in Early Modern Drama by Doyeeta Majumder, February 2019.

Monogrpah Series 5

In the middle years of the sixteenth century, English drama witnessed the emergence of the ‘tyrant by entrie’ or the usurper, who supplanted earlier ‘tyrant by the administration’ as the main antihero of political drama. This usurper or, in Machiavellian terms principe nuove, was the prince without dynastic claims who creates his sovereignty by dint of his own ‘virtù’ and through an act of ‘lawmaking’ violence. Early Tudor morality plays were exclusively concerned with the legitimate monarch who becomes a tyrant; in the political drama of the first half of the sixteenth century, we do not encounter a single instance of usurpation among the texts that are still available to us. In contrast, the historical and tragic plays of the late Elizabethan and Jacobean periods teem with illegitimate monarchs. Almost all of Shakespeare’s history plays, at least four of his ten tragedies, and even a few of his comedies feature usurpation or potential usurpation of sovereign power as a crucial plot device. Why and how does usurpation emerge as a preoccupation in English theatre? What are the political, historical, legal, and dramaturgical transformations that influence and are influenced by this moment of emergence?

As the first book-length study devoted exclusively to the study of usurpation and tyranny in sixteenth-century drama and politics, Tyranny and Usurpation: The New Prince and Lawmaking Violence will challenge existing disciplinary boundaries in order to engage with these critical questions.

ISBN: 978-1-786-94168-8

Hardback £85.00   EBook £85.00



1. The kingly vice: the tyrant in early Tudor drama

2. Sovereignty, counsel, and consent in Scotland: Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis

3. Artful construction of the political realm: Buchanan and the legitimacy of resistance

4. Gorboduc: absolutist decision and the two bodies of the king

5. Tyranny added to usurpation: Richardus Tertius, The True Tragedy, and Richard III


Writing Life: Early Twentieth-Century Autobiographies of the Artist-Hero, by Mhairi Pooler, December 2015

Cover of Writing Life Writers’ lives are endlessly fascinating for the reading public and literary scholars alike. By examining the self-representation of authors across the schism between Victorianism and Modernism via the First World War, this study offers a new way of evaluating biographical context and experience in the individual creative process at a crucial point in world and literary history. Writing Life explores how and why a select group of early twentieth-century writers, including Edmund Gosse, Henry James, Siegfried Sassoon and Dorothy Richardson, adapted the model of the German Romantic Künstlerroman, or artist narrative, for their autobiographical writing. Instead of (mis)reading these autobiographies as historical documentation, Pooler examines how these authors conduct a Romantic-style conversation about literature through literature as a means of reconfirming the role of the artist in the face of shifting values and the cataclysm of the Great War.

ISBN: 9781781381977

Hardback £80.00   EBook £75.00


Introduction: ‘The Very Complexion of the Mirror’
i. The Historical Horizon
ii. Creative Autobiography
1. The Writer Reading
i. Tradition and Inheritance: The Künstlerroman
ii. ‘Influence (Inflowing)’
2. The Anxiety of Inheritance: Edmund Gosse’s Father and Son
i. Victorian and Modern
ii. Religion and Literature
3. The Art of Life: Henry James’s A Small Boy and Others and Notes of a Son and Brother
i. Making a Scene
ii. The Fostered Imagination
iii. ‘Convert, convert, convert!’
4. A Twofold Experiment with Time: Siegfried Sassoon’s The Old Century, The Weald of Youth and Siegfried’s Journey
i. ‘Fictionalized Reality, Essayized Autobiography’
ii. ‘Nostalgic and Breezy Reminiscences’
iii. ‘England’s Young Soldier-Poet’
5. An Investigation of Reality: Dorothy Richardson’s Pilgrimage
i. The Art of Fiction
ii. Pilgrimage’s Progress
iii. Of Language, of Meaning, of Mr Henry James
Conclusion: Reading the Writer


The Historical Jesus and the Literary Imagination, 1860-1920 by Jennifer Stevens, July 2010

Cover of The Historical Jesus and the Literary Imagination

Fictional reconstructions of the Gospels continue to find a place in contemporary literature and in the popular imagination. Present day writers of New Testament fiction and drama are usually considered as part of a tradition formed by mid-to-late-twentieth-century authors such as Robert Graves, Nikos Kazantzakis and Anthony Burgess. This book looks back further to the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, when the templates of the majority of today’s Gospel fictions and dramas were set down. In doing so, it examines the extent to which significant works of biblical scholarship both influenced and inspired literary works.

Focusing on writers such as Oscar Wilde, George Moore and Marie Corelli, this timely new addition to the English Association Monographs series will be essential reading for scholars working at the intersection of literature and theology.

Dr Jennifer Stevens teaches at the Godolphin and Latymer School, London

ISBN: 9781846314704

£65.00 / US$95.00


  1. Introduction
  2. The Victorians and the Bible
  3. Nineteenth-Century Lives of Jesus
  4. The Rise of the Fictional Jesus
  5. The Fifth Gospel of Oscar Wilde
  6. The Afterlife of Oscar Wilde's Oral Tales
  7. A Peculiar Protestant: The Gospels According to George Moore
  8. Conclusion

Writing Home: Poetry and Place in Northern Ireland, 1968-2008 by Elmer Kennedy-Andrews, July 2008

Cover of Writing Home: Poetry and Place in Northern Ireland, 1968-2008

Ideas of home, place and identity have been continually questioned, re-imagined and re-constructed in Northern Irish poetry. Concentrating on the period since the outbreak of the Troubles in the late 1960s, this study provides a detailed consideration of the work of several generations of poets, from Hewitt and MacNeice, to Fiacc and Montague, to Simmons, Heaney, Mahon and Longley, to Muldoon, Carson, Paulin and McGuckian, to McDonald, Morrissey, Gillis and Flynn. It traces the extent to which their writing represents a move away from concepts of rootedness and towards a deterritorialized poetics of displacement, mobility, openness and pluralism in an era of accelerating migration and globalisation. In the new readings of place, inherited maps are no longer reliable, and home is no longer the stable ground of identity but seems instead to be always where it is not. The crossing of boundaries and the experience of diaspora open up new understandings of the relations between places, a new sense of the permeability and contingency of cultures, and new concepts of identity and home.

Professor Elmer Kennedy-Andrews teaches in the Department of History at the University of Ulster.

ISBN 978-1-84384-175-3

£45.00 / US$90.00


  1. Introduction: The Lie of the Land
  2. Paradigms and Precursors: Rooted Men and Nomads (John Hewitt, Patrick Kavanagh and Louis MacNeice)
  3. John Montague: Global Regionalist
  4. Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon: Omphalos and Diaspora
  5. Patrick Fiacc and James Simmons
  6. Michael Longley's Eco-Poetics
  7. Derek Mahon: 'An Exile and A Stranger'
  8. Tom Paulin: Dwelling Without Roots
  9. Ciaran Carson: The New Urban Poetics
  10. Medbh McGuckian: The Lyric of Gendered Space
  11. New Voices (Peter McDonald, Sinead Morrissey, Alan Gillis and Leontia Flynn
  12. Select Bibliography

William Morris's Utopia of Strangers: Victorian Medievalism and the Ideal of Hospitality, by Marcus Waithe, November 2006

Cover of William Morris's Utopia of Strangers: Victorian Medievalism and the Ideal of Hospitality

It is commonly claimed that William Morris's notion of the good or ideal society is uniquely tolerant. This book asks whether Victorian medievalism offered Morris the resources to develop an alternate conception based around the nineteenth-century preoccupation with the idea of welcome and the complex significance of hospitality. A range of artistic and intellectual contexts is surveyed, from early Victorian paternalism and neo-feudalism to socialism and the Arts and Crafts Movement, taking in fields as diverse as literature, architecture, anthropology, political theory, law, art history and translation. Together with an examination of the sources and legacy of Morris's work, the book offers a detailed analysis of his various projects.

Dr Marcus Waithe lectures in Victorian Literature at the University of Sheffield.

ISBN 184384088X

£45.00 / US$90.00


  1. Wanderers Entertained: Idealized Hospitality in the Literature of Nineteenth-Century Medievalism
  2. Before `the days when hospitality had to be bought and sold': Idealized Hospitality and Aesthetic Separatism in Morris's Work of the 1860s and 1870s
  3. Entertaining the Past: Problems in Tourism, Translation and Preservation
  4. Utopian Hospitality: The Teutonic `House Community' and the Hammersmith Guest House
  5. Legacies

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