British Identities and English Renaissance Literature

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David J. Baker, Willy Maley
Cambridge University Press, May 16, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 297 pages
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Though British history and identity in the early modern period are intensively researched areas, the role of literature in the construction of 'Britishness' is under-examined. English history of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries often overlooks the contribution of Ireland, Scotland and Wales to the formation of the British state. Historians describe 'Britain' as a multiple kingdom, with a long history of conflict. In this 2002 volume, a team of leading Renaissance literary critics read a broad range of texts from the period, including plays of Shakespeare, in light of British history. Prominent historians respond to the issues raised by the volume. This collection opened up a different kind of literary history and has pressing relevance for discussions of 'Britishness'.
 

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Contents

British history and The British history the same old story?
11
Revising criticism Ireland and the British model
24
CONTESTED PERIPHERIES
35
The lost British lamb English Catholic exiles and the problem of Britain
37
Making history Holinsheds Irish Chronicles 1577 and 1587
51
BRITISH SHAKESPEARE
69
1 Henry IV metatheatrical Britain
71
Uncertain unions Welsh leeks in Henry V
81
BRITAINS BRAVE NEW WORLD
157
Bruited abroad John White and Thomas Harriots colonial representat1ons of ancient Britain
159
The commonwealth of the word New England Old England and the praying Indians
178
RESTORING BRITAIN
195
Orrerys Ireland and the British problem 16411679
197
Jacobite literature and national identities
226
HISTORIANS RESPOND
243
Literature and the new British and Irish histories
245

Delving to the root Cymbeline Scotland and the English race
101
UNION QUESTIONS
117
Reinventing the matter of Britain undermining the state in Jacobean masques
119
Mapping British identities Speeds Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine
135
Text time and the pursuit of British identities
256
Bibliography
267
Index
292
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