John Derricke's The Image of Irelande: with a Discoverie of Woodkarne

Essays on text and context

Edited by Professor Thomas Herron, Denna Iammarino and Maryclaire Moroney

John Derricke's <i>The Image of Irelande: with a Discoverie of Woodkarne</i>
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  • Publish Date: Apr 2021
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    John Derricke's Image of Irelande, with a Discoverie of Woodkarne is a key work of English print-making, Irish and English history and cultural misunderstanding. The work attests to the complexity of English and Irish relations, colonisation, military history, imperial propaganda, poetry, art, printing and the forging of identity in the early modern British Isles. The original work comprises of a lengthy poetic narrative and twelve famous woodcuts of the highest quality produced in sixteenth-century England. They also represent some of the only contemporary views of early modern Ireland on record. The sixteen interdisciplinary essays in this collection focus on the text's political and historical meaning, print history, iconographic elements, paratexts, literary and artistic influences, and cultural archaeology. The collection will appeal to scholars of many disciplines.


    List of plates and figures

    1 Introduction

    Thomas Herron, Denna J. Iammarino, and Maryclaire Moroney

    Part I Ideologies
    2 The transatlantic colonial context: John Derricke versus Edmund Spenser
    Brian C. Lockey
    3 Captain and Kern and Knight-in-Arms: martial identities and the subject of conquest in Derricke's Image of Irelande
    Maryclaire Moroney

    Part II Archaeologies
    4 Animals make the man: violence, masculinity, and the colonial project in Derricke's Image of Irelande
    John Soderberg
    5 'Obedientia Civium Urbis Felicitas': Sir Henry Sidney's return to Dublin as depicted in John Derricke's Image of Irelande
    Bríd McGrath
    6 Derricke's Image of Irelande (1581) and late sixteenth-century Dublin
    James Lyttleton

    Part III Print and publication
    7 Derricke, Day, and the Dutch, or a tale of woodcuts and woodkerns
    Stuart Kinsella
    8 'Framed and clothed with variety': print culture, multimodality, and visual design in Derricke's Image of Irelande
    Andie Silva
    9 Scotland's Image of Irelande: Scott, Small, and the Edinburgh Edition
    Willy Maley and Alasdair Thanisch

    Part IV Influences
    10 Anxiety and influence: John Derricke's Image of Irelande and the Mirror for Magistrates tradition
    Scott Lucas
    11 'Patternes of rebellion': Derricke's rebel poems
    Elisabeth Chaghafi
    12 Irish apocalypse: Derricke, Dürer, and Foxe
    Thomas Herron

    V Interpretations
    13 Clothed with variety: discovering the formal and figurative texture of John Derricke's Image of Irelande
    Matthew Woodcock
    14 Why read between the lines?: Derricke, paratext, and poetic reception
    Denna J. Iammarino
    15 John Derricke, Edmund Spenser, and the white wand of justice and equity
    William O'Neil
    16 'Aspice spectator sic me docuere parentes': aesthetico-political misprision in Derricke's A Discoverie of Woodkarne
    Thomas Cartelli



    Thomas Herron is Professor of English at East Carolina University

    Denna Iammarino is a Lecturer at the Case Western Reserve University

    Maryclaire Moroney is Professor in English at the John Carroll University

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