Nation, State, And Empire In English Renaissance Literature

Nation, State, And Empire In English Renaissance Literature

by Willy Maley
     
 

This book explores the vexed issues raised for English Renaissance literature by the impact of two recent paradigms; the new British history and postcolonial criticism. The formation of the British state is increasingly on the agenda, as critics grapple with the extent to which 'English' identity is bound up with the emergence of 'Britain'. Nation, State and Empire in…  See more details below

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This book explores the vexed issues raised for English Renaissance literature by the impact of two recent paradigms; the new British history and postcolonial criticism. The formation of the British state is increasingly on the agenda, as critics grapple with the extent to which 'English' identity is bound up with the emergence of 'Britain'. Nation, State and Empire in English Renaissance Literature explores this fresh conjunction, mapping out the contours of a 'multiple-kingdom'. The work is situated at the interface between literature and history, and at the cutting edge of studies of the period, showing the shaping power of literature in creating and contesting national and colonial identities. Through detailed readings of major canonical authors including Shakespeare, Spenser and Milton, a picture emerges of a complex polity constructed on fragile foundations. This volume charts a dramatic shift from Irish to British concerns in the subtle interplay of the themes of union, plantation and conquest.

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'Willey Maley's important book on 'the British problem' in relation to English Renaissance literature is a welcome contribution to the fields of Renaissance and colonial studies...the book brings those essays together beautifully, enabling us to hold in hand, and to teach, a series of strongly linked and very significant pieces...[his] view of Macmorris is fascinating and at odds with the conventional criticism surrounding that character.' - The Spenser Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230566378
Publisher:
Palgrave-UK-USA
Publication date:
11/26/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
307 KB

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Willy Maley is Lecturer, Department of English, University of Glasgow.

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