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By John Kerrigan

ISBN-10: 0198183844

ISBN-13: 9780198183846

ISBN-10: 0199592551

ISBN-13: 9780199592555

Seventeenth-century 'English Literature' has lengthy been thought of in narrowly English phrases. Archipelagic English corrects this by way of devolving anglophone writing, exhibiting how a lot striking paintings was once produced in Wales, Scotland, and eire, and the way preoccupied such English authors as Shakespeare, Milton, and Marvell have been with the usually fraught interactions among ethnic, spiritual, and nationwide teams round the British-Irish archipelago. This book
transforms our realizing of canonical texts from Macbeth to Defoe's Colonel Jack, however it additionally indicates the importance of an entire sequence of authors (from William Drummond in Scotland to the Earl of Orrery in County Cork) who have been favourite in the course of their lifetimes yet who've because turn into missed simply because they do
not healthy the Anglocentric paradigm. With its ecu and imperial dimensions, and its shut awareness to the cultural makeup of early sleek Britain and eire, Archipelagic English authoritatively engages with, questions, and develops the declare now made by way of historians that the crises of the 17th century stem from the instabilities of a state-system which, among 1603 and 1707, was once a number of, combined, and prone to allow neighborhood quarrels spiral into all-consuming clash. This is
a significant, interdisciplinary contribution to literary and ancient scholarship that's additionally set to persuade present-day arguments approximately devolution, unionism, and nationalism in Britain and Ireland.

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