Fortification and Its Discontents from Shakespeare to Milton: Trouble in the Walled City

1st Edition

Adam N. McKeown

Routledge
February 1, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 184 Pages
ISBN 9780815363699 - CAT# K347274
Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

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Summary

Fortification and Its Discontents from Shakespeare to Milton gives new coherence to the literature of the early modern Atlantic world by placing it in the context of radical changes to urban space following the Italian War of 1494-1498. The new walled city that emerged in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries on both sides of the Atlantic provided an outlet for a wide range of humanistic fascinations with urban design, composition, and community organization, but it also promoted centrality of control and subordinated the human environment to military functionality. Examining William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, John Winthrop, and John Milton, this volume shows how the literature of England and New England explores and challenges the new walled city as England struggled to define the sprawling metropolis of London, translate English urban spaces into Ireland and North America, and, later, survive a long civil war.

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