ARCHIPELAGIC ENGLISH
Literature, History and Politics, 1603-1707

JOHN KERRIGAN
616pp 18 ILLUS 2008 LIST PRICE: £37.99 L981

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Seventeenth-century 'English Literature' has long been thought about in narrowly English terms. In this book, anglophone writing is devolved, showing how much remarkable work was produced in Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and how preoccupied English authors such as Shakespeare, Milton and Marvell were with the often fraught interactions between ethnic, religious and national groups around the British-Irish archipelago. The author transforms our understanding of canonical texts from Macbeth to Defoe's Colonel Jack and shows the significance of a whole series of neglected authors who do not fit the Anglo-centric paradigm.

His purpose, triumphantly achieved, is to review and ruminate on the variety of literary responses to the awkward conglomerate of the Stuart monarchy. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT