By Lloyd Edward Kermode
Overlaying a wide selection of performs from 1550-1600, together with Shakespeare's moment tetralogy, this ebook explores ethical, historic, and comedian performs as contributions to Elizabethan debates on Anglo-foreign kin in England. the commercial, social, non secular, and political matters that arose from inter-British touch and Continental immigration into England are reinvented and rehearsed at the public degree. Kermode uncovers huge 'alien stages' within the drama: specific yet overlapping methods in which the alien was once used to posit principles and beliefs of Englishness. Many stories 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 country of ideological, invented superiority - satirically strong in its consistent changeability, and taken into being by way of incorporating and at last accepting, or even celebrating, instead of rejecting the alien.
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Extra resources for Aliens and Englishness in Elizabethan Drama
Behind the success of the Englishmen in Haughton’s play lies the constant fear of English inferiority that must be denied. The power of the English language to defeat the alien is important to the play, but as we have seen in this introduction, English language is riddled with the alien, and Haughton’s clown, Frisco, jokes uncomfortably about the vulnerability of English language and English bodies to alien penetration and alteration. Pisaro’s probable Jewishness connects him to another character, the English usurer Mamon of John Marston’s Jack Drum’ s Entertainment (1600–1), the usurer ‘with a great nose’.
Indeed, records in the 1560s and 1570s show Englishmen being received into the alien churches. An order in 1573 was sent to both the French and Dutch churches commanding them to cease these activities, with which edict the Dutch promised to comply. 16 New Reformed influence also led to Proclamations such as that of 1560, limiting extreme reactions against the physical remains attributed to Mary and Catholicism: it prohibited destruction ‘by the means of sundry people, partly ignorant, partly malicious, or covetous .
We do not see alien confusion working through a reading of the Dutch ‘Hance’ of either Like Will to Like or Wealth and Health so much as we find it through the discovery of unacknowledged or slowly revealed alien elements that make up the purportedly English characters. In Chapter 3, I am interested in showing how the physicality in The Tide Tarrieth is brought to the fore in later plays. The moral message for Wilson is always backed up by a physical threat; moral decline will lead to physical pain.