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Thesis Title: Cheap Print and Prejudice: The Role of Anti-Spanish Sentiment in the Formation of Popular English Identities 1560-1640.
Sara's thesis will investigate the representations of Spaniards in early modern cheap print.
After the religious turmoil of the English Reformations society was left divided over issues of religious practice, and post-Reformation Catholicism survived in many guises. As a result, it was difficult for the English to form an identity which was solely based around the adoption of Protestantism, one in which Catholics in general were the necessary other. Thus Sara's research will aim to enrich the current discourse regarding national identity by considering the role of anti-Spanish sentiment as a unifying factor for the English people after the upheaval of the Reformations.
It has been argued that the religious divisions in early modern English society led to the formation of an English identity rooted in Protestantism, with religious celebrations and rituals contributing to this. However, Sara's previous research project considered that the lower orders may not have taken up Protestantism as readily as some historians have suggested. Accordingly, this project will consider how the Spaniard in particular was portrayed as the other in cheap print, and whether xenophobic depictions were significant in the formation of English identity at a grass roots level.
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