Through its exploration of the intersections between the culture of the wool broadcloth industry and the literature of the early modern period, this study contributes to the expanding field of material studies in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. The author argues that it is impossible to comprehend the development of emerging English nationalism during that time period, without considering the culture of the cloth industry. She shows that, reaching far beyond its status as a commodity of production and exchange, that industry was also a locus for organizing sentiments of national solidarity across social and economic divisions. Hentschell looks to textual productions-both imaginative and non-fiction works that often treat the cloth industry with mythic importance-to help explain how cloth came to be a catalyst for nationalism. Each chapter ties a particular mode, such as pastoral, prose romance, travel propaganda, satire, and drama, with a specific issue of the cloth industry, demonstrating the distinct work different literary genres contributed to what the author terms the 'culture of cloth'.
L'Auteur est né à Paris en 1957, où il étudie l'Art, la Littérature la Philosophie, et passe le plus clair de son temps dans les Musées puis voyage en Grèce, Italie, Angleterre, Australie, Inde, pour finir par avoir la conviction que seuls l'Amour et l'Esprit peuvent transcender toutes les barrières humaines et trouver la voie d'accès vers une…
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