By Lloyd Edward Kermode

ISBN-10: 0521899532

ISBN-13: 9780521899536

Overlaying a wide selection of performs from 1550-1600, together with Shakespeare's moment tetralogy, this booklet explores ethical, ancient, and comedian performs as contributions to Elizabethan debates on Anglo-foreign family in England. the industrial, social, spiritual, and political concerns that arose from inter-British touch and Continental immigration into England are reinvented and rehearsed at the public degree. Kermode uncovers vast 'alien stages' within the drama: specific yet overlapping procedures through which the alien was once used to posit principles and beliefs of Englishness. Many reports of English nationwide identification pit Englishness opposed to the alien 'other' in order that the local self and the alien settle into antithetical positions. by contrast, extraterrestrial beings and Englishness reads a physique of performs that characterize Englishness as a nation of ideological, invented superiority - sarcastically strong in its consistent changeability, and taken into being by means of incorporating and at last accepting, or even celebrating, instead of rejecting the alien.

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Wealth could not be seen as prospering at court, then, for it had indeed, as Hance suggests, been drawn out of the realm and into hulks in the service of Spain. Moreover, wealth is being passed via Spain to Hance’s Lowlands, where trade is rife. Although the name Hance/Hans for a Dutch character is conventional, there is almost certainly an allusion here to the longstanding tension between the English and resident Germano-Lowland Discovering the alien in Elizabethan moral drama 35 aliens in the community of Hanseatic merchants.

Remedy meets Hance the Dutchman and unequivocally rejects him: ‘fie on you aliau[n]ts al I say’ (Dv). Having got rid of Hance, Remedy is faced with Health, who enters ‘with a kercher on his head’ (D2) because he has been ‘wounded’ by Wit and Will – his fellows Wealth and Liberty are ‘fallen in decay’ and ‘kept in duraunce and captivite’ (D2v). Remedy promises to help Health, and when Wit and Will re-enter, thinking they are alone and laughing at the fate of the recently exiled Dutchman, Remedy accosts them.

Suggests an alignment of Spanish ‘babble’ with aspiring Babel and its evil will that dares to rival the heavens. Remedy’s demand ‘But y[o]u shalt speake English & confesse an other mater’ (D3), moreover, suggests the belaboured and torturous enforcement of Englishness necessary in the process of reformation as represented in these plays.

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