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The ‘Shepheards Nation’: Jacobean Spenserians and Early Stuart Political Culture 1612-25

Michelle O'Callaghan

Abstract

This is a study of a group of Jacobean Spenserian poets, William Browne, George Wither, and Christopher Brooke, and of the ways in which these writers represented themselves as a distinctive oppositional community in the years 1612 to 1625. This Spenserian community had its social basis in the culture of early modern London and was given physical expression through the practice of collaboration and an innovative use of print. Yet, it was also an ‘imagined community’ expressed through fictions that drew on common literary and political traditions. The result was a type of literary commonwealth ... More

Keywords: Jacobean Spenserian poets, William Browne, George Wither, Christopher Brooke, early modern culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198186380
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186380.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle O'Callaghan, author
Nene University College, Northampton