Royal Subjects: Essays on the Writings of James VI and I

Royal Subjects: Essays on the Writings of James VI and I

By: Mark Fortier (editor), Daniel Fischlin (editor)Hardback

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Best known for his landmark version of the Protestant Bible, James VI (1566-1625) of Scotland, who succeeded Elizabeth I to the English throne, was truly a monarch of the word. From religious prose and verse, to political treatises and social works, to love poems and witty doggerel, James used writing and the print media to inspire his subjects, govern them, keep his enemies at bay, and even examine his own authority. Until now, the full span of James's work has received little critical attention by political and literary historians. In this book, 16 leading scholars explore the richness of his oeuvre from a variety of perspectives, and in so doing seek to establish monarchic writing as an important genre in its own right. As religious reformers, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I had produced devotional works, but James VI and I saw writing as central to his rule overall, even though he knew it could invite criticism. He wrote, for example, a treatise on kingship, a controversial argument against tobacco, and an epic poem encouraging ecumenism among Christians. In many cases, his use of genre revealed a sensitivity to cultural power, while his decisions whether or not to print reflected an emergent understanding of writing as a commodity. By examining such topics, these essays delve into central issues of critical debate, including questions of authorship and authority, representation and power, receptions and appropriations of text, and politics of genres and material forms. Through its look at monarchic writing, ""Royal Subjects"" aims to enrich our understanding of the reign of James VI and I, and also offers suggestions for approaches to other Renaissance texts and other periods.

About Author

Daniel Fischlin is a professor in the School of Literatures and Performance Studies in English at the University of Guelph. He is the author of In Small Proportions: A Poetics of the English Ayre, 1596-1622 (Wayne State University Press, 1997) and co-editor with Mark Fortier Adaptations of Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology of Plays from the Seventeenth Century to the Present (Routledge, 2000). Mark Fortier is an associate professor of English at the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of Theory/Theatre: An Introduction (Routledge, 1997).


Reading James Writing - The Subjects of Royal Writings in Jacobean Britain, Kevin Sharpe; ""Enregistrate Speech"" - Strategems of Monarchic Writing in the Work of James VI and I, Daniel Fischlin and Mark Fortier; ""Best of Poets, Best of Kings"" - James VI and I and the Scene of Monarchic Verse, Peter C. Herman; ""The Fountain and Very Being of Truth"" - James VI, Poetic Invention, and National Identity, Carolyn Ives; The ""Amatoria"" of James VI - Loving by the ""Reulis"", Morna R. Fleming; Discovering Desire in the ""Amatoria"" of James VI, Sarah M. Dunnigan; ""Pairt of My Taill is Yet Untolde"" - James VI and I, The ""Phoenix"", and the Royal Gift, Simon Wortham; ""If Proclamations Will Not Serve"" - The Late Manuscript Poetry of James VI and the Culture of Libel, Curtis Perry; Britain's Solomon - King James and the Law, Louis A Knafla; Equity and Ideas - Coke, Ellesmere, and James VI and I, Mark Fortier; King James VI and I and John Seldon - Two Voices on History and the Constitution, Johann P. Sommerville; ""Precious Stinke"" - James I's ""A Counterblaste to Tobacco"", Sandra J. Bell; Writing King James's Sexuality, David M. Bergeron; The Making of ""Rex Pacificus"" - James VI and I and the Problem of Peace in an Age of Religious War, Malcolm Smuts; ""To Eat the Flesh of Kings"" - James VI and I, Apocalypse, Nation, and Sovereignty, Daniel Fishlin; James I and King David - Jacobean Iconography and its Legacy, John N. King; The Reception of King James's Psalter, James Doelman; Reading and Misreading King James 1622-42 - Responses to the ""Letter and Directions Touching Preaching and Preachers"", Joseph Marshall.

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  • ISBN13: 9780814328774
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 521
  • ID: 9780814328774
  • ISBN10: 0814328776

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