Download PDF by Scott Oldenburg: Alien Albion: Literature and Immigration in Early Modern

By Scott Oldenburg

ISBN-10: 1442647191

ISBN-13: 9781442647190

Using either canonical and underappreciated texts, Alien Albion argues that early sleek England used to be a ways much less unified and xenophobic than literary critics have formerly instructed. Juxtaposing literary texts from the interval with felony, spiritual, and monetary files, Scott Oldenburg uncovers how immigrants to England cast ties with their English hosts and the way these relationships have been mirrored in literature that imagined inclusive, multicultural communities.

Through discussions of civic pageantry, the performs of dramatists together with William Shakespeare, Thomas Dekker, and Thomas Middleton, the poetry of Anne Dowriche, and the prose of Thomas Deloney, Alien Albion demanding situations assumptions in regards to the origins of English nationwide identification and the significance of spiritual, classification, and native identities within the early glossy era.

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Indeed, Ill Will’s and Good Remedy’s first dismissals of Hance, which Hance ignores, could very well be read as alluding to the ineffectiveness of the 1554 proclamation. But the play presents Ill Will and Shrewd Wit, rather than the immigrant artisan, as the source of harm to the realm. One would expect an allegory to portray the actions of Ill Will as bad and those of Good Remedy as good, but both characters dismiss Hance. Good Remedy and Ill Will differ, however, in their respective intentions.

Still, if Wyatt’s appeal to xenophobia was insufficient to garner enough widespread support for his rebellion, Mary’s anti-immigrant stance also failed to homogenize English culture: the debate over monocultural England was not over. While Londoners may have opted out of another audacious display of support for strangers in Philip’s royal entry, many continued to live, work with, and at times protect London’s strangers. In early 1554, for example, Mary issued a sweeping proclamation against strangers stating that, All and every such person or persons born out of her highness’ dominions, now commorant or resident within this realm, of whatsoever nation or country, being either preacher, printer, bookseller, or other artificer or of whatsoever calling else, not being denizen, or merchant known using the trade of merchandise, or servant to such ambassadors as be liegers here from the princes and states joined in league with her grace, shall within 24 days after this proclamation avoid the realm; upon pain of most grievous punishment by imprisonment and forfeiture and confiscation of all their goods and 30 Sectarian Inclusivity movables, and also to be delivered unto their natural princes or rulers against whose persons or laws they have offended.

37 Still, a number of strangers living in England for reasons other than religion were nonetheless ordered to leave. 41 Mary was not unaware of the large number of non-denizen strangers remaining in the realm. ”42 This renewed concern with strangers was sparked by two factors: the increased tensions with France and the more long-term concern that strangers were an important part of the Protestant underground. 44 Indeed, he never bothered Catholic strangers in the realm, suggesting that Catholics participated in their own 32 Sectarian Inclusivity brand of sectarian inclusivity.

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