Archipelagic English: Literature, History, and Politics 1603-1707

Paperback | September 9, 2010

byJohn Kerrigan

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Seventeenth-century 'English Literature' has long been thought about in narrowly English terms. Archipelagic English corrects this by devolving anglophone writing, showing how much remarkable work was produced in Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, and how preoccupied such English authors asShakespeare, Milton, and Marvell were with the often fraught interactions between ethnic, religious, and national groups around the British-Irish archipelago. This book transforms our understanding of canonical texts from Macbeth to Defoe's Colonel Jack, but it also shows the significance of a wholeseries of authors (from William Drummond in Scotland to the Earl of Orrery in County Cork) who were prominent during their lifetimes but who have since become neglected because they do not fit the Anglocentric paradigm. With its European and imperial dimensions, and its close attention to thecultural make-up of early modern Britain and Ireland, Archipelagic English authoritatively engages with, questions, and develops the claim now made by historians that the crises of the seventeenth century stem from the instabilities of a state-system which, between 1603 and 1707, was multiple,mixed, and inclined to let local quarrels spiral into all-consuming conflict. This is a major, interdisciplinary contribution to literary and historical scholarship which is also set to influence present-day arguments about devolution, unionism, and nationalism in Britain and Ireland.

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Seventeenth-century 'English Literature' has long been thought about in narrowly English terms. Archipelagic English corrects this by devolving anglophone writing, showing how much remarkable work was produced in Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, and how preoccupied such English authors asShakespeare, Milton, and Marvell were with the ofte...

John Kerrigan was born and brought up in Liverpool, educated at Oxford, and now teaches at Cambridge. He has published extensively on early modern literature, especially Shakespeare, on Romantic poetry, and on contemporary writing. His edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint (1986, often reprinted) was widely acclaime...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:616 pagesPublished:September 9, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199592551

ISBN - 13:9780199592555

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PrefaceList of illustrations1. Introduction2. Archipelagic Macbeth3. The Romans in Britain: Wales and Jacobean Drama4. William Drummond and the British Problem5. Religion and the Drama of Caroline Ireland6. God in Wales: Morgan Llwyd, Henry Vaughan, Katherine Philips7. The Archipelago Enlarged: Milton and Marvell to 16608. Orrery's Ireland9. Our Scotland: Marvell, Mackenzie, Cleland10. The Derry School of Drama11. Defoe, Scotland, and Union12. Epilogue: 1707 and All ThatPrimary Sources

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