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Writing the Nation in Reformation England, 1530–1580
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Writing the Nation in Reformation England, 1530–1580

Cathy Shrank

Abstract

Studying neglected authors such as Andrew Borde, John Leland, William Thomas, Thomas Smith, and Thomas Wilson, Writing the Nation in Reformation England offers a major re-evaluation of English writing between 1530 and 1580. It highlights the significance of those decades to the formation of English nationhood and examines the impact of the break with Rome on the development of a national language, literary style, and canon. As well as demonstrating the close relationship between literary culture and English identities, it explores the sense of civic humanism which motivated these Tudor writers ... More

Keywords: humanism, sixteenth century literature, national identity, Reformation, Andrew Borde, John Leland, William Thomas, Thomas Smith, Thomas Wilson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199268887
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268887.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cathy Shrank, author
Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, School of Language and Literature, University of Aberdeen
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