Theatre and Empire

Theatre and Empire Great Britain on the London Stages Under James VI and I - Politics and Culture in Early Modern Britain

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Theatre and empire explores the genesis of British national identity in the reign of King James VI and I. While devolution is currently decentralising Britain, this book examines how the idea of a 'united kingdom' was created in the first place. It does this by studying two things: the political language of the King's project to replace England, Scotland and Wales with a single kingdom of Great Britain and cultural representations of empire on the public and private stages. The book argues that between 1603 and 1625 a group of playwrights celebrated a new national consciousness in works as diverse as Middleton's Hengist, King of Kent, Rowley's The Birth of Merlin and Shakespeare's Cymbeline. Specifically Jacobean interdisciplinary studies are few compared with Elizabethan and Caroline works, but the book attempts to redress the balance by offering a fresh appraisal of James Stuart's reign.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781526151728
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 792.094109032
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 348g
Height: 156mm
Width: 234mm
Spine width: 15mm