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Nation, state, and empire in English renaissance literature : Shakespeare to Milton

"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."--Jacket
Print Book, English, 2003
Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 2003
Criticism, interpretation, etc
xviii, 185 pages ; 23 cm
9780333640777, 9781403990471, 0333640772, 1403990476
John Kerrigan
Introduction: Fostering Discussion -- From the Irish Question to the British Problem by Way of the English Renaissance1(6)
`This Sceptred Isle': Shakespeare and the British Problem
Postcolonial Cymbeline: Sovereignty and Succession from Roman to Renaissance Britain
Shakespeare, Holinshed and Ireland: Resources and Con-texts
Forms of Discrimination in Spenser's A View of the State of Ireland (1596; 1633): From Dialogue to Silence
`Another Britain?' Bacon's Certain Considerations Touching the Plantation in Ireland (1606; 1657)
Fording the Nation: Abridging History in Perkin Warbeck (1633)
Milton's Observations (1649) and `the Complication of Interests' in Early Modern Ireland