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Palgrave Macmillan

Local Negotiations of English Nationhood, 1570-1680

ISBN 9780230309883
Publication Date June 2011
Formats Ebook (EPUB) Hardcover Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Early Modern Literature in History

Local Negotiations explores the vitality of early modern local consciousness. Even in an age of emerging nationhood, English men and women were still profoundly influenced by—and even drew their primary identity from—the parish, the town, and the county. This book examines how early modern writers invoke local places, traditions, and ways of thinking to respond to the larger political, religious, and cultural changes of the period. The opening chapter establishes the historical basis of local identity and describes the ways in which it was transformed in the second half of the sixteenth century. Each of the succeeding five chapters then focuses on a particular author and historical moment, and explores how local habits of thought are invoked to respond to a specific national initiative (political centralization, religious uniformity, court culture, civil war, and empire). Together, these chapters illustrate both the pervasiveness of local discourse and the range of possible responses to nationhood that it engendered.

JOHN M. ADRIAN Assistant Professor of English at the University of Virginia's College at Wise, USA, where he teaches courses on Renaissance Literature and directs the College's Honors Programme. He has published articles on sixteenth and seventeenth century literature and culture in journals such as English Literary Renaissance, The Seventeenth Century, and Renaissance Papers.

List of Illustrations
Local Consciousness in Renaissance England
William Lambarde and Tudor Centralization
Michael Drayton and Jacobean Court Culture
George Herbert and Caroline Religious Uniformity
Izaak Walton, Lucy Hutchinson, and the Experience of Civil War
The Country House Poem and the Localization of Empire


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