Using both canonical and underappreciated texts, Alien Albion argues that early modern England was far less unified and xenophobic than literary critics have previously suggested. Juxtaposing literary texts from the period with legal, religious, and economic documents, Scott Oldenburg uncovers how immigrants to England forged ties with their English hosts and how those relationships were reflected in literature that imagined inclusive, multicultural communities.
Through discussions of civic pageantry, the plays of dramatists including William Shakespeare, Thomas Dekker, and Thomas Middleton, the poetry of Anne Dowriche, and the prose of Thomas Deloney, Alien Albion challenges assumptions about the origins of English national identity and the importance of religious, class, and local identities in the early modern era.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Scott Oldenburg is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Tulane University.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Forms of Multiculturalism in Early Modern England
I. Sectarian InclusivityChapter 1. From the Dutch Acrobat to Hance Beerpot: Multicultural Mid-Tudor England. Chapter 2. The Rhetoric of Religious Refuge Under Elizabeth I
II. Provincial Globalism Chapter 3. Artisanal Tolerance: The Case of Thomas Deloney Chapter 4. Language and Labor in Thomas Dekker’s Provincial Globalism
III. Worldly Domesticity Chapter 5. The “Jumbled” City: The Dutch Courtesan and Englishmen for My Money Chapter 6. Shakespeare, the Foreigner
Conclusion: The Return of Hans Beer-Pot
What People are Saying About This
“Alien Albion is a fascinating and significant new study of the complicated cultural representation of the nation in early modern England. Scott Oldenburg explores the faultline opened up by mass immigration in the late sixteenth century and asks whether the influx of diverse peoples made the English more xenophobic or more tolerant. The book will inspire all readers interested in questions of identity and breathes new life into debates about early modern nationality.”
“This nuanced, timely, and readable investigation sheds new light on the integration of European immigrants, particularly artisans, into early modern England.”