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Shakespeare's foreign worlds : national and transnational identities in the Elizabethan age / Carole Levin and John Watkins.

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Subject: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 > Characters.
Whitman College > Memorial bookplates > Class of 1932.
Characters and characteristics in literature.
Group identity in literature.
National characteristics, English, in literature.
National characteristics in literature.
Aliens in literature.
Literature and history > England > History > 16th century.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9780801458958
  • ISBN: 0801458951
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xi, 217 pages).
  • Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2009.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: "Murder not then the fruit within my womb" : Shakespeare's Joan, Foxe's Guernsey martyr, and women pleading pregnancy in English history and culture -- Shakespeare's 1 Henry VI and the tragedy of Renaissance diplomacy -- Converting the daughter : gender, power, and Jewish identity in the English Renaissance -- Shakespeare and the decline of the Venetian Republic -- Many different Kates : taming shrews and queens -- Shakespeare and the women writers of the Veneto.
Summary: In Shakespeare's Foreign Worlds, Carole Levin and John Watkins focus on the relationship between the London-based professional theater preeminently associated with William Shakespeare and an unprecedented European experience of geographic, social, and intellectual mobility. Shakespeare's plays bear the marks of exile and exploration, rural depopulation, urban expansion, and shifting mercantile and diplomatic configurations. He fills his plays with characters testing the limits of personal identity: foreigners, usurpers, outcasts, outlaws, scolds, shrews, witches, mercenaries, and cross-dressers. Through parallel discussions of Henry VI, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Merchant of Venice, Levin and Watkins argue that Shakespeare's centrality to English national consciousness is inseparable from his creation of the foreign as a category asserting dangerous affinities between England's internal minorities and its competitors within an increasingly fraught European mercantile system. As a women's historian, Levin is particularly interested in Shakespeare's responses to marginalized sectors of English society. As a scholar of English, Italian Studies, and Medieval Studies, Watkins situates Shakespeare in the context of broadly European historical movements. Together Levin and Watkins narrate the emergence of the foreign as portable category that might be applied both to "strangers" from other countries and to native-born English men and women, such as religious dissidents, who resisted conformity to an increasingly narrow sense of English identity. Shakespeare's Foreign Worlds will appeal to historians, literary scholars, theater specialists, and anyone interested in Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Age.
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Note: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Language Note: In English.
Action Note: digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
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