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Literature, Politics and National Identity
Reformation to Renaissance

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  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521118859

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  • For many years C. S. Lewis's dismissal of the sixteenth century as a 'drab age' influenced literary scholars. Andrew Hadfield offers a challenging reinterpretation, through study of the work of some of the century's most important writers, including Skelton, Bale, Sidney, Spenser, Baldwin and the Earl of Surrey. He argues that all were involved in the establishment of a vernacular literary tradition as a crucial component of English identity, yet also wished to use the category of 'literature' to create a public space for critical political debate. Conventional assumptions - that pre-modern and modern history are neatly separated by the Renaissance, and that literary history is best studied as an autonomous narrative - are called into question: this book is a study of literary texts, but also a contribution to theories and histories of politics, national identity and culture.

    • Exciting reinterpretation of a previously neglected period in literary history
    • Connections drawn between literature, politics, national identity and culture
    • New readings of work of major writers including Sidney and Spenser set in their contemporary context
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    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521118859
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction: the nation and public literature in the sixteenth century
    1. A Skelton in the closet: English literary identity betwixt and between
    2. John Bale and the time of the nation
    3. Literature and history - a mirror for magistrates
    4. Towards a national form: rhetoric and literary theory from Wilson to Puttenham
    5. Whose bloody country is it anyway? Sir Philip Sidney, the nation and the public
    6. 'Who knowes not Colin Clout?': the permanent exile of Edmund Spenser
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    Andrew Hadfield

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