Writing the Nation in Reformation England, 1530-1580

Writing the Nation in Reformation England, 1530-1580

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Writing the Nation in Reformation England offers a major re-evaluation of English writing between 1530 and 1580. Studying authors such as Andrew Borde, John Leland, William Thomas, Thomas Smith, and Thomas Wilson, Cathy Shrank highlights the significance of these decades to the formation of English nationhood and examines the impact of the break with Rome on the development of a national language, literary style, and canon. As well as demonstrating the close
relationship between literary culture and English identities, it reinvests Tudor writers with a sense of agency. As authors, counsellors, and thinkers they were active citizens participating within, and helping to shape, a national community. In the process, their works were also used to project an image of
themselves as authors, playing - and fitted to play - their part in the public domain. In showing how these writers engaged with, and promoted, concepts of national identity, the book makes a significant contribution to our broader understanding of the early modern period, demonstrating that nationhood was not a later Elizabethan phenomenon, and that the Reformation had an immediate impact on English culture, before England emerged as a 'Protestant' nation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 138 x 215 x 17mm | 347g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199211000
  • 9780199211005
  • 2,568,565

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Writing the Nation represents a powerful and stimulating contribution to the reassessment of the literary history of the reformation era. * Scottish Journal of Theology *
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About Cathy Shrank

Cathy Shrank lectures in Renaissance Literature at the University of Sheffield
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