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By Janet Wright Starner, Barbara Howard Traister

ISBN-10: 0754669491

ISBN-13: 9780754669494

Increasing the scholarly dialog approximately anonymity in Renaissance England, this essay assortment explores the phenomenon in all its number of equipment and genres in addition to its advanced dating with its regulate ego, attribution experiences. members handle such questions as those: What have been the results of publishing and examining nameless texts for Renaissance writers and readers? What cultural constraints and topic positions made nameless e-book in print or manuscript a strategic selection? What are the potential responses to Renaissance anonymity in modern study rooms and scholarly debate? the amount opens with essays investigating specific texts-poetry, performs, and pamphlets-and the inflection each one style offers to the problem of anonymity. the gathering then turns to contemplate extra summary outcomes of anonymity: its functionality in destabilizing scholarly assumptions approximately authorship, its moral ramifications, and its courting to attribution reports.

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