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Queen and Country

The Relation between the Monarch and the People in the Development of the English Nation

Edited By Giuseppe Brunetti and Alessandra Petrina

Focussing on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, this collection of essays investigates the relation between the Queen and her subjects, which shapes contemporary and future politics and is actively crucial in the debate upon the divine right of kings. The book explores the ways in which political power, intensely aware of the possibilities of literature, encourages, ostracizes or manipulates the production of writing. Through the act of writing, the Queen and her country communicate: the moulding of this act of communication is no minor task for the Queen, no minor privilege for her country. The book investigates the Queen’s own writings, with particular attention to her poems and the speeches to the nation; the production of literary culture during her reign, including the presence of oppositional voices; and the treatment of her image and memory, as well as her political legacy, during the reign of James I and Charles I.


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Notes on Contributors PAOLA BOTTALLA is Full Professor of English Literature, Università di Padova. She has published on nineteenth-century literature, espe- cially on the poetry of G.M. Hopkins (The Wreck of the Deutschland, 1979, and joint editing of G.M. Hopkins, Tradition and Innovation, 1991), and on Lewis Carroll (1996, 2003). She has also worked on Renaissance literature, exploring the dynamics of courtly and plain style (True Plain Words, 1988, and joint editing of Counting and Re- counting, 1995); more recently she has studied the formation of a fe- male persona (essays on Mary Sidney and Mary Wroth), and the po- lemics on woman (Swetnam, The Woman-hater, 2002). She is also interested in female writing in post-colonial literature and in chil- dren’s literature. VALENTINA BRICCHI graduated with a thesis on the translation of the Aeneid into Middle Scots at the Università degli Studi di Perugia. Dur- ing her doctoral studies in Comparative Literature she has investigated the relations between Italy and early modern England and specifically the role of John Florio. She has published an article on the translation of the Aeneid into Middle Scots. She is currently studying Tudor hu- manism and its connections with the European culture as the back- ground for the emergence of the English national cultural identity, and the role played by the map, as an object and a metaphor, in sixteenth- century England. She is working at the Dipartimento di Lingue e Let- terature Antiche, Moderne e Comparate of the Università di Perugia, where she...

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