Aliens and Englishness in Elizabethan Drama

Aliens and Englishness in Elizabethan Drama

by Lloyd Edward Kermode
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521899532

ISBN-13: 9780521899536

Pub. Date: 03/19/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Covering a wide variety of dramatic texts and performances from 1550 to 1600, including Shakespeare's second tetralogy, this book explores moral, historical, and comic plays as contributions to Elizabethan debates on Anglo-foreign relations in England. The economic, social, religious, and political issues that arose from inter-British contact and Continental

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Covering a wide variety of dramatic texts and performances from 1550 to 1600, including Shakespeare's second tetralogy, this book explores moral, historical, and comic plays as contributions to Elizabethan debates on Anglo-foreign relations in England. The economic, social, religious, and political issues that arose from inter-British contact and Continental immigration into England are reinvented and rehearsed on the public stage. Kermode uncovers two broad 'alien stages' in the drama: distinctive but overlapping processes by which the alien was used to posit ideas and ideals of Englishness. Many studies of English national identity pit Englishness against the alien 'other' so that the native self and the alien settle into antithetical positions. In contrast, Aliens and Englishness reads a body of plays that represents Englishness as a state of ideological, invented superiority - paradoxically stable in its constant changeability, and brought into being by incorporating and eventually even celebrating, rather than rejecting, the alien.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521899536
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/19/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction - aliens and the English in London 1

2 Discovering the alien in Elizabethan moral drama 23

3 Accommodating the alien in mid-Elizabethan London plays 59

4 Incorporating the alien in Shakespeare's second tetralogy 85

5 Being the alien in late-Elizabethan London plays 119

Postscript: Early modern and post-modern alien excursions 150

Notes 155

Bibliography 184

Index 198

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