The Shepheards Nation: Jacobean Spenserians and Early Stuart Political Culture 1612-25

Hardcover | March 15, 2000

byMichelle OCallaghan

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This is a study of a group of Jacobean Spenserian poets, William Browne, George Wither, and Christopher Brooke, and of the ways in which these writers represented themselves as a distinctive oppositional community in the years 1612 to 1625. This Spenserian community had its social basis in theculture of early modern London and was given physical expression through the practice of collaboration and an innovative use of print. Yet, it was also an 'imagined community' expressed through fictions that drew on common literary and political traditions. The result was a type of literarycommonwealth that claimed the authority to engage in public debate on issues of politics and culture. By drawing attention to the relationships between writers and the traditions and environments that enable textual communities, this book provides a new perspective for studying early modernculture.

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This is a study of a group of Jacobean Spenserian poets, William Browne, George Wither, and Christopher Brooke, and of the ways in which these writers represented themselves as a distinctive oppositional community in the years 1612 to 1625. This Spenserian community had its social basis in theculture of early modern London and was give...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019818638X

ISBN - 13:9780198186380

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe 'shepheard's nation': William Browne, The Shepheard's Pipe (1614) and George Wither, The Shepherd's Hunting (1615)Tyranny, Parliament, and the 'Country': Christopher Brooke's The Ghost of Richard the Third (1614)'Thus deare Britannia will I sing of thee': William Browne, Britannia's PastoralsGeorge Wither, Citizen ProphetThe 'Evill Time': Spenserian Community in the 1620sConclusionAppendicesBibliographyIndex

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`an engaging and ambitious book ... O'Callaghan ... is especially successful at relating the literature to contemporary events'Andrew King, June 2001