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Welcome to the Journal of the Northern RenaissanceJNR is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to the study of the full variety of early modern Northern European cultural practices. We place a special emphasis upon questioning the derivation of our inherited paradigms and upon exploring alternative conceptualisations, geographies and periodisations of the Renaissance.

Latest Issue
JNR 12. Communities and Margins in Early Modern Scotland (2021)
___Guest-edited by Laura Doak and Rebecca Mason: read their editorial here.

Coming soon: JNR 13
In early 2022 we will be publishing JNR’s 13th issue. As a taster we’re delighted to share with you here, ahead of the rest of the issue’s release, Alexandra Marraccini’s essay ‘The Nautilus and the Pearl: Accreting the Early Modern English Collection’. Check back soon for John-Mark Philo’s examination of Elizabeth I’s translation of the Annales, and Jeffrey Chipps Smith’s extended review of the catalogue accompanying the National Gallery’s current exhibition, Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist (running until February 22 – details here).

Latest book reviews
T. Demetriou and J. Valls-Russell (eds), Thomas Heywood and the classical tradition (Manchester University Press, 2021) ~ reviewed by Chloe Renwick
Harry Newman, Impressive Shakespeare (Routledge, 2019) ~ reviewed by Juliet Fleming
G. Guidicini, Triumphal Entries and Festivals in Early Modern Scotland (Brepols, 2020) ~ reviewed by Michael Bath

Highlights from the JNR archive
☞ Jennifer Richards, The voice of Anne Askew (issue 9, 2017)
☞ Andrew Hadfield, The Idea of North (issue 1, 2009)
☞ Douglas Bruster, The New Globalism’s Bubble (issue 2, 2010)

Polaris highlights
Short essays, blogposts, conference and exhibition reports, TV reviews & podcasts
☞   Symposium for Seventeenth-Century Scottish Literature ~ report
☞   The Renaissance Unchained ~ TV review
☞   National Boundaries in Early Modern Literary Studies ~ conference report (in English, Nederlands, Français, Italiano and Español)

Open Access
A member of the Radical Open Access Collective and a founding member of the Network of Book Review Editors, JNR is committed to providing genuinely open access scholarship while upholding rigorous academic standards. This means that while all articles in JNR are double-blind peer-reviewed (see Information), authors do not pay to publish with us, and readers do not pay to read or download articles or reviews (no hidden fees, no ‘Gold Standard’ one-off payments). Everything we publish is free to access immediately from the date of publication, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivs 3.0 Unported License.

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Recent Issues

11 : Imagineering Violence (2020)

12 : Communities & Margins in Early Modern Scotland (2021)