OverviewThis study explores the use of allegory in renaissance travel drama. Recent criticism has shown how travel writing tells two stories: it describes events in colonial locations and speaks to the wishes of the home nation. This book further develops our understanding of the allegorical nature of colonial discourse by focusing on the negotiations between gender and monarchy in 'geographic' drama. Through the study of a variety of canonical and less well-known travel dramas, this book shows how gender behaviour, sexual appetite, piracy, and other forms of anti-establishment activities in colonial and remote locations can be read as coded political allegories of Elizabeth, James I and Charles I. Travel dramas are read here against contemporary colonial ambitions as well as expressions of carefully coded evaluations of the foreign and domestic policies of English rulers. This book explores new developments in the gendered representations of sovereigns in travel drama, to reveal the complexities, inconsistencies, and changes in the way dramatists imagined the project of empire, English monarchs and the nation's colonial destiny. It will appeal to readers interested in Renaissance Literature and History, American Studies, Colonialism and Gender Studies.