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Surveying four-hundred years of British history, Walker examines how the memory - the icon - of Queen Elizabeth has been used as a marker for Englishness in disputes political and social, in art, literature and popular culture. From her second Westminster tomb to the pseudo-secret histories of the Restoration, from Georgian ballads to Victorian paintings, biographies, children's books, Suffragette banners, novels and films, trends in scholarship and rubber bath ducks, the icon becomes more powerful as the idea of Englishness becomes more arbitrary.
|Publication date:||25th November 2003|
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan an imprint of Palgrave USA|
|Categories:||Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700,|
JULIA M. WALKER is Professor of English and Women's Studies at the State University of New York at Geneseo, and the editor of Milton and the Idea of Woman (1988), Dissing Elizabeth (1998), and the author of Medusa's Mirrors: Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and the Metamorphosis of the Female Self (1998). She received the Milton Society's Hanford Award for the Most Distinguished Milton Essay of 1997.More About J. Walker