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Literature, Travel, and Colonial Writing in the English Renaissance 1545–1625

Andrew Hadfield


What was the purpose of representing foreign lands for writers in the English Renaissance? This book argues that writers often used their works as vehicles to reflect on the state of contemporary English politics, particularly their own lack of representation in public institutions. Sometimes such analyses took the form of displaced allegories, whereby writers contrasted the advantages enjoyed, or disadvantages suffered, by foreign subjects with the political conditions of Tudor and Stuart England. Elsewhere, more often in explicitly colonial writings, authors meditated on the problems of gove ... More

Keywords: English Renaissance, English politics, fictional writing, non-fictional writing, Europe, Americas, Africa, Far East

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199233656
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233656.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Hadfield, author
English Department, University of Sussex