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Author Hadfield, Andrew.

Title Literature, politics, and national identity : Reformation to Renaissance / Andrew Hadfield.

Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.


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 UniM Bail  820.9358 HADF    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvii, 265 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 254-261) and index.
Contents Introduction: the nation and public literature in the sixteenth century -- 1. A Skelton in the closet: English literary identity betwixt and between -- 2. John Bale and the time of the nation -- 3. Literature and history - A Mirror for Magistrates -- 4. Towards a national form: rhetoric and literary theory from Wilson to Puttenham -- 5. Whose bloody country is it anyway? Sir Philip Sidney, the nation and the public -- 6. 'Who knowes not Colin Clout?' The permanent exile of Edmund Spenser.
Summary For many years C. S. Lewis's dismissal of the greater part of the sixteenth century as a 'drab age' has influenced literary scholars. Andrew Hadfield offers a challenging reinterpretation, through study of the work of some of the century's most important writers, including Skelton, Bale, Sidney, Spenser, Baldwin and the Earl of Surrey. He argues that all were involved in the establishment of a vernacular literary tradition as a crucial component of English identity, yet also wished to use the category of 'literature' to create a public space for critical political debate. Conventional assumptions - that pre-modern and modern history are neatly separated by the Renaissance, and that literary history is best studied as an autonomous narrative - are called into question: this book is a study of literary texts, but also a contribution to theories and histories of politics, national identity and culture.
Subject English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Nationalism -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
National characteristics, English, in literature.
Reformation -- England.
Renaissance -- England.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1485-1603.
ISBN 0521442079