Literature, Travel, and Colonial Writing in the English Renaissance, 1545-1625

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Overview

What was the purpose of representing foreign lands for writers in the English Renaissance? This innovative and wide-ranging study argues that writers often used their works as vehicles to reflect on the state of contemporary English politics, particularly their own lack of representation in public institutions. Hadfield explores in his work representations of Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Far East, selecting pertinent examples rather than attempting to embrace a total coverage. He also offers fresh readings of Shakespeare, Marlowe, More, Lyly, Hakluyt, Harriot, Nashe, and others.
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"Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty will all benefit from this well-written and accessible book. Highly recommended."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198184805
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction: Changing Places in English Renaissance Literature 1
1 'How harmful be the errors of princes': English Travellers in (Western) Europe, 1545-1620 17
2 'What is the matter with yowe Christen men?': English Colonial Literature, 1555-1625 69
3 'The perfect glass of state': English Fiction from William Baldwin to John Barclay, 1553-1625 134
4 'All my travels' history': Reading the Locations of Renaissance Plays 200
Afterword 265
Bibliography 267
Index 297
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