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Shakespeare, Spenser and the matter of Britain

Shakespeare, Spenser and the matter of Britain

Hadfield, Andrew

Andrew Hadfield examines the work of two of the most important English Renaissance authors, in terms of the cultural, social & political contexts of early modern Britain. He finds in their work a reflection of the ways in which English Jacobean culture began to come to terms with the expanding multi-ethnic state

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
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Statement of responsibility: Andrew Hadfield
ISBN: 0333993136, 9780333993132
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: viii, 220 p. : ill., facsims. ; 23 cm.
Series: Early modern literature in history
Subject: Great Britain In literature.; Kings and rulers in literature.; Literature; England In literature.; English literature Early modern, 1500-1700 History and criticism.; Criticism; Literature and history Great Britain History 16th century.; Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599 Knowledge Great Britain.; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Knowledge Great Britain.; Nationalism in literature.; Great Britain Politics and government 1485-1603.; Politics and literature Great Britain History 16th century.; Shakespeare, William


  1. List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: English Literature and Anglicised Britain Crossing the Borders: Ireland and the Irish Between England and America English Colonialism and National Identity in Early Modern Ireland Malcolm in the Middle: James VI and I
  2. George Buchanan and the Divine Right of Kings 'Bruited Abroad': John White and Thomas Harriot's Colonial Representations of Ancient and Britain Translating the Reformation: John Bale's Irish Vocacyon Cicero
  3. Tacitus and the Reform of Ireland in the 1590s From English to British Literature: John Lyly's Euphues and the 1590 The Faerie Queene Spenser and the Stuart Succession Spenser
  4. Drayton and the Question of Britain Shakespeare's Ecumenical Britain Index


'Over the past fifteen years, the work of Andrew Hadfield has been at the forefront of examining Ireland's importance for the Elizabethan imagination. His new collection of essays...usefully assembles a number of pieces that have appeared over the past decade, with two previously unpublished papers.' - Times Literary Supplement

'Hadfield's argument is exciting and stimulating...surely deserves gratitude of Shakespeareans and Spenserians for preventing both misopolitical reading and naive politicization of the early modern texts' - Mari Mizuno, Studies in English Literature, English No.47, (Mar., 2006)