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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

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

Jeffrey Knapp

University of Chicago Press

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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