The Poetics Of English Nationhood, 1590-1612 by Claire McEachernThe Poetics Of English Nationhood, 1590-1612 by Claire McEachern

The Poetics Of English Nationhood, 1590-1612

byClaire McEachern

Paperback | January 29, 2007

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The Poetics of English Nationhood is a study of the formation of English national identity during the early modern period. Claire McEachern shows how the representation of faith, fatherland and crown in Tudor texts continually personified English political institutions. Those texts we traditionally label literary, she argues, already encode and personify power relations, thereby reinforcing the idea of the nation as an imaginary force. McEachern's study revises our understanding of the term "literary" through an examination of Spenser, Shakespeare and Drayton, tracing the means by which an English national identity was inscribed as part of an enduring social order.
Title:The Poetics Of English Nationhood, 1590-1612Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:January 29, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521030943

ISBN - 13:9780521030946


Table of Contents

List of figures; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. This England; 2. Sects and the single woman: Spenser's national romance; 3. Speaking in common: Henry V and the paradox of the body politic; 4. Putting the 'poly' back in Poly-Olbion: British union and the borders of the English nation; Epilogue; Notes; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"The Poetics of English Nationhood is a valuable contribution to our as yet rather limited understanding of the complexities of early modern national identity and nationalism....this is an important book..." Andrew Hadfield, Modern Philology