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Tasso's art and afterlives: the 'Gerusalemme liberata' in England (2017)
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Lawrence, J. (2017). Tasso's art and afterlives: the 'Gerusalemme liberata' in England. Manchester: Manchester University Press

This interdisciplinary book examines the literary, artistic and biographical afterlives in England of the great Italian poet Torquato Tasso, from before his death in 1595 to the end of the nineteenth century. Focusing predominantly on the impact of h... Read More

‘Still finest wits are stilling Venus Rose’: Robert Southwell's ‘Optima Deo’, Venus and Adonis, and Tasso's canto della rosa (2012)
Journal Article
Lawrence, J. (2013). ‘Still finest wits are stilling Venus Rose’: Robert Southwell's ‘Optima Deo’, Venus and Adonis, and Tasso's canto della rosa. Renaissance Studies, 27(3), 389-406. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-4658.2012.00816.x

It has been argued, with reference to Venus and Adonis, that Shakespeare is the poet targeted specifically by Robert Southwell in his mournful stanza on love poetry in ‘The Author to the Reader’; this essay argues instead that Southwell's remark has... Read More

"When despotism kept genius in chains": imagining Tasso's madness and imprisonment, 1748-1849 (2011)
Journal Article
Lawrence, J. (2011). "When despotism kept genius in chains": imagining Tasso's madness and imprisonment, 1748-1849. Studies in Romanticism, 50(3), (475-503). ISSN 0039-3762

This essay explores the European-wide fascination in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries with the legendary biography of the celebrated sixteenth-century Italian poet, Torquato Tasso. It focuses on English poetic responses to Tasso’s p... Read More

Samuel Daniel's The Complaint of Rosamond and the arrival of Tasso's Armida in England (2010)
Journal Article
Lawrence, J. Samuel Daniel's The Complaint of Rosamond and the arrival of Tasso's Armida in England. Renaissance Studies, 25(5), 648-665. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-4658.2010.00697.x

This essay argues that the earliest English work to offer a sustained poetic engagement with the figure of Armida, the celebrated pagan enchantress from Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata (1581), is Daniel’s The Complaint of Rosamond (1592). Unlike Spenser... Read More