Shakespeare, Spenser and the Contours of Britain: Reshaping the Atlantic Archipelago

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Univ of Hertfordshire Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 182 pages
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Issues of gender, religion, and landscape in the works of Shakespeare and Spenser are examined through the lens of colonialism and national identity in this literary critical analysis. This period in early modern English literature is marked by a redefinition of what it means to be British, and close readings of the texts reveal Spenser's developing (and ambivalent) sense of Irishness and Shakespeare's alleged Catholic recusancy. The relationship between biographical details and imaginative writing reveal the conflicting issues of literary reputation and identity that make discussions of nationalism so complex. Pastoralism versus ruralism and internal insurrection versus foreign invasion are among the themes discussed.
  

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Contents

Marrying waterways and resolving conflict
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Conclusion
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\Joan Fitzpatrick is a lecturer in English literature at University CollegeľNorthampton. She is the author of Irish Demons and a contributor to Archipelagic Identities.

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