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Doppelgänger dilemmas: Anglo-Dutch relations in early modern English literature and culture

Doppelgänger dilemmas: Anglo-Dutch relations in early modern English literature and culture

Rubright, Marjorie, author

The Dutch were culturally ubiquitous in England during the early modern period, and constituted London's largest alien population in the second half of the sixteenth century. While many sought temporary refuge from Spanish oppression in the Low Countries, others became part of a Dutch diaspora, developing their commercial, spiritual, and domestic lives in England. The category 'Dutch' catalyzed questions about English self-definition that were engendered less by large-scale cultural disctinctions than by uncanny similarities. This book uncovers the ways England's real and imagined proximities with the Dutch played a crucial role in the making of English ethnicity

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Marjorie Rubright
ISBN: 0812246233, 9780812246230
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 360 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Subject: Immigration; National characteristics, English, in literature.; Great Britain Relations Netherlands.; Literature; Ethnicity in literature.; English literature Early modern, 1500-1700 History and criticism.; Netherlands Relations Great Britain.; Cultural relations in literature.; Literature.


  1. Introduction: Double Dutch
  2. Going Dutch in London City Comedy
  3. "By Common Language Resembled": Anglo-Dutch Kinship in the Language Debates
  4. Double Dutch Tongues: Language Lessons of the Stage
  5. Dutch Impressions: The Narcissism of Minor Difference in Print
  6. London as Palimpsest: The Anglo-Dutch Royal Exchange
  7. Doppelgänger Dilemmas: The Crisis of Anglo-Dutch Interchangeability in the East Indies and the Imperfect Redress of Performance
  8. Coda: A View from Antwerp
  9. Notes
  10. Bibliography
  11. Index
  12. Acknowledgments