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British Identities and English Renaissance Literature

British Identities and English Renaissance Literature

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David Baker, Willy Maley, Philip Schwyzer, Andrew Murphy, Christopher Highley, Richard A. McCabe, Matthew Greenfield, Patricia Parker, Mary Floyd-Wilson, Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Philippa Berry, Christopher Ivic, Andrew Hadfield, Linda Gregerson, John Kerrigan, Murray Pittock, Jane Ohlmeyer, Derek Hirst
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  • Date Published: June 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521782005

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  • Though British history and identity in the early modern period are intensively researched areas, the role of literature in the construction of "Britishness" has not been thoroughly studied. In this volume, leading Renaissance literary critics review a broad range of texts from the period, including plays of Shakespeare, in view of the new British history. This collection opens up a new kind of literary history with immediate relevance to contemporary discussions of "Britishness."

    • A first-class collection with contributions from established scholars
    • Covers a fascinating and enduring subject matter
    • Will interest historians as well as literature scholars
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    "The editors have done very well also in shaping the collection of essays to cohere, not only by virtue of the essays' shared interest in using British history to further our understanding of early modern English literature, but also by their having read and learned from one another. It's a rare thing in a collection to find essays that truly are in conversation with one another, and the editors deserve much praise for it." Sixteenth Century Journal

    "Invalauble." H-ALBION

    "The essays are an excellent introduction into a relatively new field." History

    "This is an intellectually engaging [book]." Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History

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    • Date Published: June 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521782005
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction David Baker and Willy Maley
    Part I: Opening the Field:
    1. British history and 'the British history': the same old story? Philip Schwyzer
    2. An uncertain union David Baker and Willy Maley
    3. Revising criticism: Ireland and the British model Andrew Murphy
    Part II. Contested Peripheries:
    4. 'The lost British lamb': English Catholic exiles and the problem of Britain Christopher Highley
    5. 'Making history': Holinshed's Irish chronicles, 1577 and 1587 Richard A. McCabe
    Part III. British Shakespeare:
    6. Henry IV: metatheatrical Britain Matthew Greenfield
    7. Uncertain unions: Welsh leeks in Henry V Patricia Parker
    8. Delving to the root: Cymbeline, Scotland, and the English race Mary Floyd-Wilson
    Part IV. Union Questions:
    9. Reinventing the matter of Britain: undermining the state in Jacobean masques Jayne Elisabeth Archer and Philippa Berry
    10. Mapping British identities: Speed's Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine Christopher Ivic
    Part V. Britain's Brave New World:
    11. Bruited abroad: John White and Thomas Harriot's Colonial Representations of Ancient Britain Andrew Hadfield
    12. The Commonwealth of the Word: New England, Old England, and the Praying Indians Linda Gregerson
    Part VI. Restoring Britain:
    13. Orrery's Ireland and the British problem, 1641–1679 John Kerrigan
    14. Jacobite literature and national Identities Murray Pittock
    Part VII:
    15. Historians respond: literature and the new British and Irish histories Jane Ohlmeyer
    16. Text, time, and the pursuit of 'British Identities' Derek Hirst.

  • Editors

    David J. Baker, University of Hawaii, Manoa

    Willy Maley, University of Glasgow

    Contributors

    David Baker, Willy Maley, Philip Schwyzer, Andrew Murphy, Christopher Highley, Richard A. McCabe, Matthew Greenfield, Patricia Parker, Mary Floyd-Wilson, Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Philippa Berry, Christopher Ivic, Andrew Hadfield, Linda Gregerson, John Kerrigan, Murray Pittock, Jane Ohlmeyer, Derek Hirst

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