Writing the Nation in Reformation England, 1530-1580

Paperback | October 28, 2006

byCathy Shrank

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Writing the Nation in Reformation England offers a major re-evaluation of English writing between 1530 and 1580. Studying authors such as Andrew Borde, John Leland, William Thomas, Thomas Smith, and Thomas Wilson, Cathy Shrank highlights the significance of these decades to the formation ofEnglish nationhood and examines the impact of the break with Rome on the development of a national language, literary style, and canon. As well as demonstrating the close relationship between literary culture and English identities, it reinvests Tudor writers with a sense of agency. As authors,counsellors, and thinkers they were active citizens participating within, and helping to shape, a national community. In the process, their works were also used to project an image of themselves as authors, playing - and fitted to play - their part in the public domain. In showing how these writersengaged with, and promoted, concepts of national identity, the book makes a significant contribution to our broader understanding of the early modern period, demonstrating that nationhood was not a later Elizabethan phenomenon, and that the Reformation had an immediate impact on English culture,before England emerged as a 'Protestant' nation.

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Writing the Nation in Reformation England offers a major re-evaluation of English writing between 1530 and 1580. Studying authors such as Andrew Borde, John Leland, William Thomas, Thomas Smith, and Thomas Wilson, Cathy Shrank highlights the significance of these decades to the formation ofEnglish nationhood and examines the impact of ...

Cathy Shrank lectures in Renaissance Literature at the University of Sheffield

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:October 28, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199211000

ISBN - 13:9780199211005

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Andrew Borde: Authorship and Identity in Reformation England2. John Leland and 'the bowels of Antiquity'3. William Thomas and the Riches of the Vulgar Tongue4. Thomas Smith and the Senate of Letters5. Thomas Wilson and the Limits of English Rhetoric6. 'Workshops of the New Poetry': iThe Shepheardes Calender/i and iOld Arcadia/i

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`This is an excellent book, clearly written and meticulously researched.'A. DiMatteo, ChoiceReviews.online