Aliens and Englishness in Elizabethan Drama

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"...Provides a coherent and insightful framework for reading the tensions and conflicts represented in a wide range of sixteenth-century English drama."
—Mary Floyd-Wilson, University of North Carolina

"...Aliens and Englishness is valuable and necessary for any attempt to understand the figure of the stranger or Other in early modern English drama. I have learned much from it."
—Shakespeare Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521899536
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lloyd Edward Kermode is Associate Professor in the Department of English, California State University, Long Beach.

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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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