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About RQ

Renaissance Quarterly is the leading American journal of Renaissance studies, encouraging connections between different scholarly approaches to bring together material spanning the period from 1300 to 1700.

The official journal of the Renaissance Society of America, Renaissance Quarterly presents around twenty articles and around 500 reviews per year, engaging the following disciplines: Americas, art and architecture, book history, classical tradition, comparative literature, digital humanities, emblems, English literature, French literature, Germanic literature, Hebraica, Hispanic literature, history, humanism, Islamic world, Italian literature, legal and political thought, medicine and science, music, Neo-Latin literature, performing arts and theater, philosophy, rhetoric, and women and gender.

Since 1954, Renaissance Quarterly has provided an important forum for articles of original and significant research and interpretation, as well as surveys of the field, forums, and colloquia that benefit the ongoing development of Renaissance scholarship.

Cambridge University Press publishes Renaissance Quarterly, starting with volume 72 (2019). For institutional subscriptions, please contact the Cambridge University Press. To place an advertisement in RQ please contact the Cambridge University Press.

The editors of Renaissance Quarterly are Jessica L. Wolfe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (articles), and David Myers, Fordham University (book reviews).

Renaissance Quarterly open access

The Renaissance Society of America, in partnership with the Cambridge University Press, provides open access to several book reviews in each issue of Renaissance Quarterly. The chosen reviews will be freely available at the time of publication of each new issue and until the next issue appears. In expanding access, the RSA hopes to further the reach of Renaissance studies scholarship, a mission of the society.

Renaissance Quarterly online

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Submitting a book for review in Renaissance Quarterly

Publishers and individual authors are invited to submit books to be considered for review by the Renaissance Quarterly Reviews Editor. Books accepted for review are assigned a reviewer by the editor. Books not chosen for review are not returned. Proof copies and preprints are not considered for review: please only send the final, published version of the book.

While we are working remotely during the global pandemic, we can only accept books in electronic form, preferably PDF. Please contact with questions.    

Ordering single issues of Renaissance Quarterly

Members who opt for a print subscription to Renaissance Quarterly will receive it quarterly for the duration of active membership. To order individual back issues of the journal, published in 2019 and after, please email Cambridge University Press at subscriptions_newyork [at]

The William Nelson Prize

The William Nelson Prize is awarded annually to the best article published in Renaissance Quarterly. All peer-reviewed articles published in the journal are automatically considered for the prize; authors do not need to apply. Review essays and book reviews are not eligible.


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