- Cultural Reformations
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- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- National Histories
- Literary Histories
- Enclosed Spaces
- The Eucharist
- The Saints
- Vernacular Theology
- When English Became Latin
- Heresy and Treason
- Naughty Printed Books
- Utopian Pleasure
- Poetic Fame
- London Books and London Readers
- The Reformation of the Household
- Active and Contemplative Lives
- Autobiography and the History of Reading
Abstract and Keywords
In 1590, Edward Allde printed a slim quarto of thirty-six leaves containing John Lydgate’s The Serpent of Devision (1422) and Thomas Norton and Thomas Sackville’s Tragedye of Gorboduc (first performed in 1561). This article examines the extent and nature of the “cultural reformations” that occurred in late medieval and Tudor England, using the joint publication of the two works as a useful starting point. It considers three types of community: the national communities – Gorboduc’s Britain and Caesar’s Rome – that these texts depict; the imagined communities of readers/spectators that they address; and the Elizabethan political community that they envisage. It also discusses the often interrelated processes of religious, social, political, technological, and cultural change witnessed in the period and analyses the ways in which these processes can be traced through the revisions made to the fifteenth-century Serpent for its publication in 1590.
Cathy Shrank is Professor of Tudor and Renaissance Literature at the University of Sheffield. Her publications include Writing the Nation in Reformation England, 1530–1580 (Oxford University Press, 2004, 2006) and essays and articles on various sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century topics, including language reform, civility, travel writing, cheap print, and mid-sixteenth-century sonnets. She is the co-editor, with Mike Pincombe, of the Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature, 1485–1603 (Oxford University Press, 2009). Current projects include a monograph about non-dramatic dialogues and, with Raphael Lyne, an edition of Shakespeare's poems for Longman Annotated English Poets.
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