British Identities and English Renaissance Literature by David J. BakerBritish Identities and English Renaissance Literature by David J. Baker

British Identities and English Renaissance Literature

EditorDavid J. Baker, Willy Maley

Paperback | June 2, 2011

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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" has not been thoroughly studied. In this volume, leading Renaissance literary critics review a broad range of texts from the period, including plays of Shakespeare, in view of the new British history. This collection opens up a new kind of literary history with immediate relevance to contemporary discussions of "Britishness."
Title:British Identities and English Renaissance LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:June 2, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521189683

ISBN - 13:9780521189682

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Table of Contents

Introduction David Baker and Willy Maley; Part I: Opening the Field: 1. British history and 'the British history': the same old story? Philip Schwyzer; 2. An uncertain union David Baker and Willy Maley; 3. Revising criticism: Ireland and the British model Andrew Murphy; Part II. Contested Peripheries: 4. 'The lost British lamb': English Catholic exiles and the problem of Britain Christopher Highley; 5. 'Making history': Holinshed's Irish chronicles, 1577 and 1587 Richard A. McCabe; Part III. British Shakespeare: 6. Henry IV: metatheatrical Britain Matthew Greenfield; 7. Uncertain unions: Welsh leeks in Henry V Patricia Parker; 8. Delving to the root: Cymbeline, Scotland, and the English race Mary Floyd-Wilson; Part IV. Union Questions: 9. Reinventing the matter of Britain: undermining the state in Jacobean masques Jayne Elisabeth Archer and Philippa Berry; 10. Mapping British identities: Speed's Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine Christopher Ivic; Part V. Britain's Brave New World: 11. Bruited abroad: John White and Thomas Harriot's Colonial Representations of Ancient Britain Andrew Hadfield; 12. The Commonwealth of the Word: New England, Old England, and the Praying Indians Linda Gregerson; Part VI. Restoring Britain: 13. Orrery's Ireland and the British problem, 1641-1679 John Kerrigan; 14. Jacobite literature and national Identities Murray Pittock; Part VII: 15. Historians respond: literature and the new British and Irish histories Jane Ohlmeyer; 16. Text, time, and the pursuit of 'British Identities' Derek Hirst.

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"This is an intellectually engaging [book]." Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History