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Renaissance Studies

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Cultural Atlas of the Renaissance 1st ed. New York: Prentice Hall General Reference, 1993.
CB361 .C8 1993 Reference
Encyclopedia of the Renaissance and the Reformation Bergin, Thomas Goddard. New York: Facts on File Publications, 2004.
CB359 .B47 2004 Reference
The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance Campbell, Gordon. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
CB361 .C27 2003 Reference
Historical Dictionary of the Renaissance Nauert, Charles Garfield. Lanham [MD]: Scarecrow Press, 2004.
CB361 .N33 2004 Reference
The Renaissance: An Illustrated Encyclopedia Rachum, Ilan. London: Octopus, 1979.
CB361 .R26 Reference
Handbook of European History, 1400—1600: Late Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation Leiden; New York: E.J. Brill, 1994—
D203 .H33 1994 Reference
The New Cambridge Modern History vol. 1 The Renaissance 1493—1520; vol. 2 The Reformation 1520—1559. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990—
D208 .N4 Reference & Stacks
France: a reference guide from the Renaissance to the present Roberts, William. New York: Facts on File, 2004.
DC35 .R64 Reference
Italy: a reference guide from the Renaissance to the present Sarti, Roland. New York: Facts on File, 2004.
DG461 .S27 Reference
A Concise Encyclopaedia of the Italian Renaissance Ed. J.R. Hale. New York. Oxford, 1981.
DG537 .8 A1 C6 Reference


Orbis Latinus Grasse, Johann Georg Theodor. Braunschweig: Klinkhardt & Bierman, 1972 A gazetteer of Medieval Latin place names.
G107 .G9 1972 Reference


Oxford Art Online UofT logo Includes Grove Art Online, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
N31 .D5 1996 Reference Available Online
Encyclopedia of Italian Renaissance & Mannerist Art Ed. Jane Turner. New York: Grove’s Dictionaries, 2000. 2 vols.
N6370 .E53 2000 Reference
Encyclopedia of World Art New York: McGraw—Hill (1959—1987). 17 vols.
N31 .E533 Reference


See Resources in English Literature

Crowell’s Handbook of Elizabethan & Stuart Literature Ruoff, James E. New York: Crowell, 1975.
PR19 .R8 1975 Reference
Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors Vol. 1 680—1638. Ed. Charles W. Moulton. New York: Henry Malkan Publisher, 1910.
PR83 .M73 1910 Reference
British Writers Ed. Ian Scott Kilvert. Vol. I & 2. New York: Scribner, 1979.
PR85 .B688 Reference
A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture Ed. Michael Hattaway. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell.
PR411 .C66 2000 Reference
Major Tudor Authors: A Bio—Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook Ed. Alan Hager. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1997.
PR411 .M35 1997 Reference
Sixteenth–Century British NonDramatic Writers Dictionary of Literary Biography. Ed. David A. Richardson. First & Second Series. Detroit: Gale, 1994.
PR411 .S58 1993 PR 411 S582 1994 Reference
A Biographical Dictionary of Renaissance Poets and Dramatists, 1520—1650 Saunders, J.W. Sussex, England: Harverster, c1983.
PR421 .S33 1983 Reference
A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2000.
PR411 C66 2000 Reference
Elizabethan Bibliographies Tannenbaum, Samuel Aaron. Port Washington N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1967.
Z2012 .T3 1967 Reference
English Renaissance Prose Fiction, 1500—1660: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism Harner, James L. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1978.
Z2014 .F4 H37 Reference
English Prose, Prose Fiction and Criticism to 1660: A Guide to Information Sources Heninger, S.K. Detroit: Gale Research, 1975.
Z2014 .P795 H45 Reference

Article Databases

To locate articles in journals, use the following periodical indexes:

Abstracts of English Studies
PE 25 A16 Reference
Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)UofT logo
Z 2011 M69 Reference Available Online
ATLA Religion Database with ATLA SerialsUofT logo
British Humanities IndexUofT logo
Humanities AbstractsUofT logo
AI3 .H8 Reference Available Online
Historical AbstractsUofT logo
Iter: Gateway to the Medieval Ages and RenaissanceUofT logo
MLA International Bibliography UofT logo (for coverage 1956+)
Z 7006 M64 Reference
Available Online
Philosophers IndexUofT logo Cumulative Edition. Current year;
Z 7127 P47 Reference Available Online

Key Journals

Holdings may vary, verify online coverage in U of T Library catalogue:

Renaissance NewsUofT logo Holdings: [1]2—19, 1948—1966; (Later title: Renaissance Quarterly)
Renaissance QuarterlyUofT logo Holdings: Vol. 20, 1967—2001; (Former title: Renaissance News) ; 2000+ current issues online
Speculum: A Journal of Mediaeval StudiesUofT logo Holdings: vol. 1, 1926—1999
Sixteenth Century JournalUofT logo
Traditio Holdings: Vol. 1 (1943)—Vol. 31 (1975);

Subject Headings

To locate materials relevant to the study of the Renaissance using the Library Catalogue, search the subject field using browse by entering an appropriate subject heading.

Examples of common headings for Renaissance material are:

  • Renaissance
  • Renaissance England (or any other country)
  • English literature Early modern 1500-1700 history & criticism
  • Literature modern 15th and 16th centuries
  • Politics and literature Great Britain (or any other country) history 16th century

For other relevant materials about an author, type the author's name as a subject. For example: Shakespeare William 1564-1616 criticism and interpretation

Other Useful Texts

The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism Ed. Kill Kraye. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
CB361 .C26 1996 Stacks
Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance Jardine, Lisa. New York: Nan A. Talese, c1996.
CB361 .J35 1996 Stacks
Renaissance Europe: Age of Recovery and Reconciliation Jensen, De Lamar. Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath, c1981.
CB361 .J43 Stacks
The Idea of the Renaissance Kerrigan, William. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, c1989.
CB361 .K37 1989 Stacks
Renaissance Essays Ed. Paul Oskar Kristeller and Philip P. Wiener. Library of the History of Ideas, Vol. 9 & 10. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 1992.
CB361 .K67 1992 Stacks
Humanism and the Culture of Renaissance Europe Nauert, Charles Garfield. Cambridge, England; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
CB361 .N34 1995 Stacks
Renaissance Culture in Context: Theory and Practice Ed. Jean R. Brink and William F. Gentrup. Aldershot: Scolar Press, c1993.
CB361 .R3815 1993 Stacks
Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture Ed. Margreta de Grazia, Maureen Quilligan and Peter Stallybrass. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
CB361 .S82 1996 Stacks
The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance Hale, J.R. London: Harper Collins, 1993.
CB367 .H35 1993 Stacks
A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age Manchester, William Raymond. Boston: Little, Brown, c1992.
CB369 .M36 1992 Stacks
Renaissance Essays Trevor—Roper, H.R. Chicago: University of Chicago Press: London: M. Secker & Warburg, 1985.
D210 .T79 1985 Stacks
The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry: The 1893 Text Pater, Walter. Berkeley: University of California Press, c1980.
NX450 .5 P37 1980 Stacks
Theatres and Encyclopedias in Early Modern Europe West, William. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
PN2570 .W484 2002 Stacks
Medieval to Renaissance in English Poetry Spearing, A.C. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
PR411 .S66 1985 Stacks
Literature, Politics and National Identity: Reformation to Renaissance Hadfield, Andrew. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
PR418 .P65 H33 1994 Stacks
Renaissance Perspectives in Literature and the Visual Arts Roston, Murray. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, c1987.
PR428 .A76 R67 1987 Stacks
From Renaissance to Baroque: Essays on Literature and Art Martz, Louis Lohr. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, c1991.
PR533 .M37 1991 Stacks
Poetry and Politics in the English Renaissance Norbrook, David. London; Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984.
PR535 .H5 N67 1984 Stacks

Web Resources

Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies at Victoria University, in the University of Toronto
Sites on Shakespeare and the Renaissance
Sixteenth Century Renaissance English Literature, 1485—1603
Voice of the Shuttle: English Literature, Renaissance & 17th—Century

compiled by: Lisa Sherlock | updated: september 2011