Examines how the literature and discursive practices of English colonialism emerged as an extension of internal colonialist ventures in regions of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
In England's Internal Colonies , Netzloff examines how the literature and discursive practices of English colonialism emerged as an extension of internal colonialist ventures in regions of England, Scotland and Ireland. Netzloff argues that England's internal and overseas colonies were linked together as a result of a perceived crisis concerning the social position of England's labouring poor, an expanding underclass which found itself at the centre of both the anxieties and aspirations of colonial projects. Through an analysis of texts by Shakespeare, Jonson, Heywood, Speed and others, Netzloff discusses the interconnections between class and colonialism in relation to such topics as piracy, vagrancy, colonial labour practices, mercantilism and early modern capitalism, the status of gypsies, and the colonization of the Anglo-Scottish Borders and Ulster.
Introduction: 'We have Indians at Home': Internal Colonialism in Early Modern England 'The universal market of the world': Capital Formation and The Merchant of Venice A Nation of Pirates: Piracy, Conversion and Nation Space Venting Trinculos: The Tempest and Discourses of Colonial Labour 'Counterfeit Egyptians' and Imagined Borders: Jonson's The Gypsies Metamorphosed and the Union of the Realms Forgetting the Ulster Plantation: John Speed's The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain and the Colonial Archive Conclusion: The Unmaking of the English Working Class