||Discussions of English / British nation formation frequently focus on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (Linda Colley, Gerald Newman). Renaissance scholars (e.g. Richard Helgerson) have, however, pointed out with equal justification that important negotiations of nationhood can already be identified in Elizabethan texts and these early modern manifestations of nation formation in England will be the subject to be explored in this seminar. Readings will not only include Elizabethan dramatists (Shakespeare, Heywood, Dekker a.o.) and Spenser's Fairie Queene, but look further afield to the development of the English monarchy at the time, or to the impact of travel writing, as for instance collected in Hacluyt's Principal Navigations.
PLEASE NOTE: The first meeting for those students accepted for this seminar is on 6 July 2007, 14-16, H19.
All important information (relevant literature etc.) will be provided on this occasion and the semester plan will be finalized. Failure to appear at this first meeting without prior written notification and substantial reason entails exclusion from the seminar.
DEADLINE for submission of seminar papers: Monday, 17 December 2007.