By Scott Oldenburg
Using either canonical and underappreciated texts, Alien Albion argues that early smooth England used to be some distance much less unified and xenophobic than literary critics have formerly steered. Juxtaposing literary texts from the interval with felony, non secular, and fiscal records, Scott Oldenburg uncovers how immigrants to England solid 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 concerning the origins of English nationwide id and the significance of non secular, classification, and native identities within the early glossy era.
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And yf they behaue them selfe gentlye, as it is very lyke that they will, we shall haue cause to love them to ioyne frendship with them, and to make muche of them. 78 Christopherson’s main goal in An exhortation was to show that there were no valid motives for rebellion. 79 His advice concerning strangers was designed specifically to argue against Wyatt’s rebellion and any objections to Mary’s marriage, but unlike his advice to the poor, his view of immigrants seems fairly progressive. In many respects he 44 Sectarian Inclusivity advocates the same conception of hospitality that Dalechamp would promote almost eighty years later.
3 The intention was to reduce the stranger population in London while jumpstarting crafts in Sandwich, where the 46 Sectarian Inclusivity economy had begun to stagnate. Thus, the early years of Elizabeth’s reign saw a positive but guarded reintegration of Protestant strangers into England. Redefining England Early in Elizabeth’s reign it became possible to re-imagine the cultural borders of England to include immigrants. ”4 The complaint is not to be taken at face value; it is directed at Light of the Gospel, a character who, from a Protestant point of view, embodies right religion in England but who evidently comes from the continent.
22 This pageant and the two that followed, at the little and great conduits in Cheapside, were probably the exclusive products of native-born Londoners, as was the pageant at Fleet Street. Judith M. Richards claims that “there were no purely English pageants” in the series;23 she may well be right and such information would highlight my point, but while I have found nothing that explicitly contradicts Richards’ claim, there appears to be no evidence to support her statement either. Nonetheless, what I take to be the exclusively English pageants were apparently much less spectacular – they receive scant attention in the first-hand accounts that provide the only memories of the royal entry.
Alien Albion: Literature and Immigration in Early Modern England by Scott Oldenburg