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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Journal of Early Modern Studies (JEMS) presents research and discussion about early modern European culture, aiming to “develop [an] understanding of the major problematic areas relating to the European Renaissance.” Material here covers a wide ranges of subjects, including art, cultural studies, history, language, literature, politics, sociology, and religion.
Articles are in English, although the editors are based at the University of Florence, and the editorial board is based there, as well. The advisory board includes scholars from around the world.
The journal is published annually, and two issues have thus far appeared, each with a central theme. Volume One’s theme was On Authorship, and it featured such articles as, “Beyond Author-Centricity in Scholarly Editing,” and “Theories of Authorship and Intention in the Twentieth Century: An Overview.”
Volume Two’s theme is Shakespeare and Early Modern Popular Culture, and it includes the articles “Demotic Voices and Popular Complaint in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England,” “Shakespeare and the Words of Early Modern Physic: Between Academic and Popular Medicine, A Lexicographical Approach to the Plays,” and “‘What say the citizens in Shakespeare’s Richard III?,” among others.
Topics discussed between the two volumes include aspects of popular culture, witchcraft, cultural memory, suicide, religious discourse, visual arts, theater arts, and law. The journal is fully searchable by keyword, author, title, full text, date, discipline, type, and coverage.
Scholars of early modern European studies will be served by this title, as will other researchers and students in cultural and literary studies.