George Chapman, The Shadow of Night (1594) and Ovid’s Banquet of Sense (1595)
A Modern-Spelling Critical Edition

Edited by Zenón Luis-Martínez

Critical Texts 74

Modern Humanities Research Association

  Summer 2022

ISBN: 978-1-781889-80-0 (paperback)  •  RRP £12.99, $17.99, €14.99

ISBN: 978-1-781889-81-7 (JSTOR ebook)

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The place of George Chapman (1559–1634) in the canon of Renaissance English literature primarily as a dramatist and a translator of Homer has to some extent diminished the import of his work as a poet. Moreover, a reputation for obscurity has often haunted his first two poetry books, The Shadow of Night (1594) and Ovid’s Banquet of Sense (1595). This edition sets out to show that Chapman’s first two poetry books comprise a lively and innovative corpus in the context of sixteenth-century poetry, as well as providing an attractive asset for rethinking its canon with a view to teaching and research. The volume includes a substantial introduction that presents a critical update of the state of the art and advances fresh reassessments of Chapman’s poetry, and significant explanatory notes and appendices.

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Luis-Martínez, Zenón (ed.), George Chapman, The Shadow of Night (1594) and Ovid’s Banquet of Sense (1595): A Modern-Spelling Critical Edition, Critical Texts, 74 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2022)

First footnote reference: 35 George Chapman, The Shadow of Night (1594) and Ovid’s Banquet of Sense (1595): A Modern-Spelling Critical Edition, ed. by Zenón Luis-Martínez, Critical Texts, 74 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2022), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Luis-Martínez, p. 47.

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Luis-Martínez, Zenón (ed.). 2022. George Chapman, The Shadow of Night (1594) and Ovid’s Banquet of Sense (1595): A Modern-Spelling Critical Edition, Critical Texts, 74 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Luis-Martínez 2022: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Luis-Martínez 2022: 21.

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