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Shakespeare’s Roman plays, republicanism and identity in Samson Agonistes
Helen Lynch

Milton and the idea of oratory. Milton and the Politics of Public Speech (Farnham, 2015) looks at Milton’s polemical prose alongside that of many of his contemporaries, and then examines how the imagery of classical citizenship (and more specifically imagery of groups explicitly excluded from citizenship of the Greek polis and Roman res publica ) plays out in his later poetry, above all in his Hebreo-Greek drama. Milton famously equates ‘poetry, and all good oratory’ in his note on the verse of Paradise Lost and one of the original features of my book is the

in Conversations
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Accession, union, nationhood
Christopher Ivic

, staged its intra- and inter-island warfare and formed its multinational writing communities. Centred chronologically by the years 1603–25, this book explores Britain and its writing subjects within the context of the unprecedented triple monarchy of the Scottish King James VI and I, whose accession to the English throne in 1603 and desire for Anglo-Scottish or British union prompted his subjects to reflect on questions of cultural memory, intermingling, nationhood, national sovereignty, neighbourliness and political subjectivity/citizenship in new and exciting ways

in The subject of Britain, 1603–25
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Classical and Renaissance intertextuality
Author: Syrithe Pugh

For educated poets and readers in the Renaissance, classical literature was as familiar and accessible as the work of their compatriots and contemporaries – often more so. Their creative response to it was not a matter of dry scholarship or inert imitation, but rather of engagement in an ancient and lively conversation which was still unfolding, both in the modern languages and in new Latin verse. This volume seeks to recapture that sense of intimacy and immediacy, as scholars from both sides of the modern disciplinary divide come together to eavesdrop on the conversations conducted through allusion and intertextual play in works from Petrarch to Milton and beyond, and offer their perspectives on the intermingling of ancient and modern strains in the reception of the classical past and its poetry. The essays include illuminating discussions of Ariosto, Du Bellay, Spenser, Marlowe, the anonymous drama Caesars Revenge, Shakespeare and Marvell, and look forward to the grand retrospect of Shelley’s ‘Adonais’. Together, they help us to understand how poets across the ages have thought about their relation to their predecessors, and about their own contributions to what Shelley would call ‘that great poem, which all poets… have built up since the beginning of the world’.

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Michael D. Friedman and Alan Dessen

Kelly’. South African reviewer Digbi Ricci wrote that, after eloping with Bassianus, ‘Lavinia, in wedding-gown and short white gloves, has a Voortrekker-maiden quality’ (81). The Voortrekkers, an Afrikaans language youth group, was founded in 1931 as an alternative to the Boy Scouts, which was perceived as too British by some Afrikaners. The organisation, which later included girls, placed more emphasis on Boer citizenship and Christianity than did its British counterpart, and it therefore appealed to the pious

in Titus Andronicus
Caesar at the millennium
Andrew James Hartley

pieces underscored by selfless idealism is as close to a seismic shift in the play’s production history as we can get. In place of those abstracted heroic virtues, we have found something grubbier, something more clearly marked by self-interest and expediency, but still shot through with a genuine quest to identify and pursue right action. This focus on citizenship, on individual choices which have major effects is

in Julius Caesar
Kate McLuskie and Kate Rumbold

-Cultural Change, University of Manchester, (accessed 21.06.13). 25 Margaret R. Somers, ‘The Privatisation of Citizenship: How to Unthink a Knowledge Culture’, in Victoria E. Bonnell and Lynn Hunt, eds, Beyond the Cultural Turn

in Cultural value in twenty-first-century England
Kate McLuskie and Kate Rumbold

economic value of engaging in sport and culture?’ 72 drew on a panoply of other ‘interdisciplinary’ values of engagement (including ‘achievement’, ‘diversion’, ‘escape’, ‘expression’, ‘health’, ‘income’, ‘self-esteem’, ‘skills/competency’, ‘employment’, ‘productivity’ and ‘citizenship’ 73 ), and attempted to link the short

in Cultural value in twenty-first-century England
Thomas Watson, Christopher Marlowe, Richard Barnfield
Tania Demetriou

Shakespeare, Marlowe and Their Contemporaries (Sussex: Harvester, 1977), pp. xvi–xvii; Clark Hulse, Metamorphic Verse: The Elizabethan Minor Epic (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981), p. 22; Jim Ellis, Sexuality and Citizenship: Metamorphosis in Elizabethan Erotic Verse (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003), pp. 4, 241n6; Georgia E. Brown, Redefining

in Interweaving myths in Shakespeare and his contemporaries
Tamsin Badcoe

citizenship, multiple forms of allegiance, multiple forms of ethical obligation, multiple modes of moving through time, both sacred and historical’. 117 Echoing the moment in The Tempest when the travellers debate how Carthage, a lost world, has become Tunis, a site of diplomatic relations and arranged marriages, the oikos is no longer steadfast. As Shakespeare’s Antonio and Sebastian mockingly remark, the island on which they stand could be carried home like an apple, and Gonzalo, ‘sowing the kernels of it in the sea’ could ‘bring forth more islands’. 118 The

in Edmund Spenser and the romance of space
Unsequenced sonnets in the sixteenth century
Chris Stamatakis

Hereford’s prefatory sonnet to Microcosmos invoked a verdant polity of ‘Things living’ in terms of a ‘ Monarchy of Witte ’, so Phaëton’s sonnet conjures the idea of a ‘franchise’ bestowed on ‘each liuing thing’. Here, ‘franchise’ connotes not only a type of legal or political freedom of ownership granted by a sovereign power, the privilege of citizenship and corporate

in The early modern English sonnet