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Rereading the Black LegendThe Discourses of Religious and Racial Difference in the Renaissance Empires$
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Margaret R. Greer, Walter D. Mignolo, and Maureen Quilligan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226307213

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.001.0001

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Nations into Persons

Nations into Persons

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(p.293) Chapter Fifteen Nations into Persons
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Rereading the Black Legend
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Jeffrey Knapp

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226307244.003.0015

This chapter explores the means by which Elizabethan writers characterized English national identity as “motley” or a mixture of many other cultures, languages, and peoples. It argues that writers John Lyly, William Shakespeare, and Edmund Spenser reached back into history to remember when England was itself a conquered territory. This chapter notices that the depicted intermixed nation is not figured as a multicultural social unit, but as a single person who embodies in himself or herself the complexity of the social formation.

Keywords:   English national identity, Elizabethan writers, John Lyly, William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, intermixed nation, social formation

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