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A Curious PerilH.D.'s Late Modernist Prose$
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Lara Vetter

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054568

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054568.001.0001

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By Avon River, Arranged Marriage, and Shakespeare’s Empire

By Avon River, Arranged Marriage, and Shakespeare’s Empire

(p.105) 4 By Avon River, Arranged Marriage, and Shakespeare’s Empire
A Curious Peril

Lara Vetter

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines H.D.’s scrutiny of the European custom of arranged monarchial marriage as a strategy to consolidate imperial power, and the tacit parallels she draws between Italian and British empire-building. Half verse, half prose, this hybrid text explores Shakespeare and his Elizabethan and Jacobean contemporaries and ancestors against a perilous landscape of unscrupulous monarchs, constant warfare, and imperial conquest. It is deeply concerned with the unsettling abuses of power by the English monarchy and the origins of the British Empire, positioning Shakespeare as plagiarist and plunderer.

Keywords:   By Avon River, arranged marriage, monarchy, imperialism, gender, Shakespeare

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