Using both canonical and underappreciated texts, Alien Albion argues that early modern England was far less unified and xenophobic than literary critics have previously suggested. Juxtaposing literary texts from the period with legal, religious, and economic documents, Scott Oldenburg uncovers how immigrants to England forged ties with their English hosts and how those relationships were reflected in literature that imagined inclusive, multicultural communities. Through discussions of civic pageantry, the plays of dramatists including William Shakespeare, Thomas Dekker, and Thomas Middleton, the poetry of Anne Dowriche, and the prose of Thomas Deloney, Alien Albion challenges assumptions about the origins of English national identity and the importance of religious, class, and local identities in the early modern era.
Scott Oldenburg is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Tulane University.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Forms of Multiculturalism in Early Modern England I. Sectarian Inclusivity Chapter 1. From the Dutch Acrobat to Hance Beerpot: Multicultural Mid-Tudor England. Chapter 2. The Rhetoric of Religious Refuge Under Elizabeth I II. Provincial Globalism Chapter 3. Artisanal Tolerance: The Case of Thomas Deloney Chapter 4. Language and Labor in Thomas Dekker's Provincial Globalism III. Worldly Domesticity Chapter 5. The "Jumbled" City: The Dutch Courtesan and Englishmen for My Money Chapter 6. Shakespeare, the Foreigner Conclusion: The Return of Hans Beer-Pot Bibliography