Shakespeare, Spenser, and the Crisis in Ireland

Shakespeare, Spenser, and the Crisis in Ireland

by Christopher Highley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521581990

ISBN-13: 9780521581998

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Christopher Highley's book explores the most serious crisis the Elizabethan regime faced: its attempts to subdue and colonise the native Irish. Through a range of literary representations from Shakespeare and Spenser, and contemporaries like John Hooker, John Derricke, George Peele and Thomas Churchyard he shows how these writers produced a complex discourse about

Overview

Christopher Highley's book explores the most serious crisis the Elizabethan regime faced: its attempts to subdue and colonise the native Irish. Through a range of literary representations from Shakespeare and Spenser, and contemporaries like John Hooker, John Derricke, George Peele and Thomas Churchyard he shows how these writers produced a complex discourse about Ireland that cannot be reduced to a simple ethnic opposition. Highley argues that the confrontation between an English imperial presence and a Gaelic 'other' was a profound factor in the definition of an English poetic self.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521581998
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture Series, #23
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Elizabeth's other isle; 1. Spenser's Irish courts; 2. Reversing the conquest: deputies, rebels and Shakespeare's 2 Henry VI; 3. Ireland, Wales and the representation of England's borderlands; 4. The Tyrone rebellion and the gendering of colonial resistance in 1 Henry VI; 5. 'A softe kind of warre': Spenser and the female reformation of Ireland; 6. 'If the Cause be not good': Henry V and Essex's Irish campaign; Notes; List of works cited; Index.

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