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By John Kerrigan

Seventeenth-century 'English Literature' has lengthy been considered in narrowly English phrases. Archipelagic English corrects this by means of devolving anglophone writing, exhibiting how a lot outstanding paintings used to be produced in Wales, Scotland, and eire, and the way preoccupied such English authors as Shakespeare, Milton, and Marvell have been with the usually fraught interactions among ethnic, spiritual, and nationwide teams round the British-Irish archipelago. This book
transforms our knowing of canonical texts from Macbeth to Defoe's Colonel Jack, however it additionally exhibits the importance of an entire sequence of authors (from William Drummond in Scotland to the Earl of Orrery in County Cork) who have been well-known in the course of their lifetimes yet who've for the reason that develop into overlooked simply because they do
not healthy the Anglocentric paradigm. With its eu and imperial dimensions, and its shut consciousness to the cultural makeup of early sleek Britain and eire, Archipelagic English authoritatively engages with, questions, and develops the declare now made by way of historians that the crises of the 17th century stem from the instabilities of a state-system which, among 1603 and 1707, was once a number of, combined, and susceptible to permit neighborhood quarrels spiral into all-consuming clash. This is
a significant, interdisciplinary contribution to literary and ancient scholarship that's additionally set to steer present-day arguments approximately devolution, unionism, and nationalism in Britain and Ireland.

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