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Description - British Identities and English Renaissance Literature by David J. Baker

Though British history and identity in the early modern period are intensively researched areas, to date, the role of literature in the construction of 'Britishness' is under-examined. In the past, English history of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries often overlooked the contribution of Ireland, Scotland and Wales to the formation of the British state. Historians now describe 'Britain' as a multiple kingdom, with a long history of conflict. In this volume, a team of leading Renaissance literary critics read a broad range of texts from the period, including plays of Shakespeare, in light of the new British history. Prominent historians respond to the issues raised by the volume. This collection opens up a new kind of literary history and has pressing relevance for discussions of 'Britishness' today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521782005
ISBN-10: 0521782007
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 314
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David J. Baker

David Baker is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He is the author of Between Nations: Shakespeare, Spenser, Marvell, and the Question of Britain (1997). His articles have appeared in Spenser Studies, English Renaissance Literature and Critical Inquiry. Willy Maley is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of Representing Ireland: Literature and the Origins of Conflict (Cambridge, 1993), A Spenser Chronology (1994), Salvaging Spenser: Colonialism, Culture and Identity (1997), Post-Colonial Criticism (1997) and Nation, State, and Empire in the English Renaissance: Colonising Culture (2002). He also co-edited an edition of Edmund Spenser's A View of the Present State of Ireland (1997).