Journal of Early Modern Studies (JEMS) is an open access peer-reviewed international journal that promotes interdisciplinary research and discussion on issues concerning all aspects of early modern European culture. It provides a platform for international scholarly debate through the publication of outstanding work over a wide disciplinary spectrum: literature, language, art, history, politics, sociology, religion and cultural studies. JEMS is open to a range of research perspectives and methodological orientations and encourages studies that develop understanding of the major problematic areas relating to the European Renaissance.

ISSN 2279-7149 (online)

Donatella Pallotti, Università di Firenze, Italy
Paola Pugliatti, Università di Firenze, Italy
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Material Space and Literary Production in Early Modern Europe

Edited by Chloe Fairbanks and Catherine Jenkinson

Volume 16 (2026) of the Journal of Early Modern Studies will re-examine the relationship between material space and literary production in early modern Europe. Literary production is here defined as including prose, sermons, poetry, drama, letters, and diaries, written for both private and/or public audiences. In its reconsideration of both space and place, broadly defined, the volume will offer a reassessment of both late medieval and early modern writings about and within space and will offer fresh ways of understanding the complex relationship between individuals and their environments (material, imagined, or otherwise) during this period. The editors particularly welcome submissions which engage with subversion and the deconstruction of formal and informal power structures, and encourage submissions from scholars of underrepresented backgrounds. Contributions that examine the literary output or spaces traditionally excluded from modern scholarship are also encouraged.....  Read More  PDF

Current IssueVol 12 (2023): The Circulation of Cosmographical Knowledge in Early Modern Europe

Published March 19, 2023


Table of Contents


Editorial: Evolving Cosmographies
Sophie Chiari
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14381

Part One - Introduction

Cosmography, Knowledge in Transit: A Conspectus
Janet Clare
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14382

Part Two - Case Studies

Transformer and Influencer: Giovanni Battista Ramusio’s Impact on Western European Geography
Margaret Small
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14383
‘to find out the pathe’: Mapping the Universal Machine in William Cuningham’s Cosmographical Glasse (1559)
Isabelle Fernandes
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14384
Assembling a Cosmography: The Divers Voyages of Richard Hakluyt
Anthony Payne
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14385
Practical Cosmography in Early Modern Iberia: Alonso de Chaves and his Espejo de Navegantes
Antonio Sánchez Martínez
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14386
Oronce Fine and L’esphere du monde: proprement dite Cosmographie (1549 and 1551)
Tom Conley
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14387
The American De coelo: Heaven and Earth in the New World’s First Printed Work on Natural Philosophy
Edgar Omar Rodríguez Camarena
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14388
Renaissance Cosmographical Knowledge and Religious Discourse: A ‘Disenchantment of the World’?
Étienne Bourdon
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14389
Getting the Message of Abraham Ortelius’ Heart-Shaped Map and Atlas
Stephanie Inverso
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14390
Romance, Cosmography and the Trading Companies: Albions England and The Preachers Travels
Jane Grogan
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14391
Charting English Global Presence and its Violent Effects in Early Modernity: Reading Strategies for an Ambivalent Archive
Sandra Young
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14392
Double Dutch: The Boate Brothers and Colonial Cosmography
Willy Maley
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14393


Theatrum vitae humanae: Shakespeare’s Cosmographic Imagination
François Laroque
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14396
DOI: https://doi.org/10.36253/jems-2279-7149-14394
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