A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

By: Jyotsna G. Singh (editor)Paperback

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Featuring twenty one newly-commissioned essays, A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion demonstrates how today's globalization is the result of a complex and lengthy historical process that had its roots in England's mercantile and cross-cultural interactions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. * An innovative collection that interrogates the global paradigm of our period and offers a new history of globalization by exploring its influences on English culture and literature of the early modern period. * Moves beyond traditional notions of Renaissance history mainly as a revival of antiquity and presents a new perspective on England's mercantile and cross-cultural interactions with the New and Old Worlds of the Americas, Africa, and the East, as well with Northern Europe. * Illustrates how twentieth-century globalization was the result of a lengthy and complex historical process linked to the emergence of capitalism and colonialism * Explores vital topics such as East-West relations and Islam; visual representations of cultural 'others'; gender and race struggles within the new economies and cultures; global drama on the cosmopolitan English stage, and many more

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Jyotsna G. Singh is a Professor at Michigan State University, where she teaches early modern literature and culture, post-colonial theory, translation studies, and gender and race studies. Her published works include Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: 'Discovery' of India in the Language of Colonialism (1996); The Weyward Sisters: Shakespeare and Feminist Politics (co-authored, with Dympna Callaghan and Lorraine Helms, 1994); and Travel Knowledge: European 'Discoveries' in the Early Modern Period (co-edited with Ivo Kamps, 2001). She has received several research fellowships, including at the Folger Shakespeare Library,Queen Mary, University of London, and the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. She has also been invited to direct two workshops on "Early Modern Anglo Muslim Encounters" at the Renaissance Center of the Newberry Library, in Chicago. She is currently working on a monograph on early English Slave Trade.


List of Illustrations ix Notes on Contributors x Acknowledgments xvi Introduction: The Global Renaissance 1 Jyotsna G. Singh Part I: Mapping the Global 29 1 The New Globalism: Transcultural Commerce, Global Systems Theory, and Spenser s Mammon 31 Daniel Vitkus 2 Travailing Theory: Global Flows of Labor and the Enclosure of the Subject 50 Crystal Bartolovich 3 Islam and Tamburlaine s World-picture 67 John Michael Archer 4 Traveling Nowhere: Global Utopias in the Early Modern Period 82 Chloe Houston Part II: Contact Zones 99 5 The Benefi ts of a Warm Study: The Resistance to Travel before Empire 101 Andrew Hadfield 6 Apes of Imitation : Imitation and Identity in Sir Thomas Roe s Embassy to India 114 Nandini Das 7 A Multinational Corporation: Foreign Labor in the London East India Company 129 Richmond Barbour 8 Where was Iceland in 1600? 149 Mary C. Fuller 9 East by North-east: The English among the Russians, 1553 1603 163 Gerald MacLean 10 The Politics of Identity: William Adams, John Saris, and the English East India Company s Failure in Japan 178 Catherine Ryu 11 The Queer Moor: Bodies, Borders, and Barbary Inns 190 Ian Smith Part III: Networks of Exchange: Traveling Objects 205 12 Guns and Gawds: Elizabethan England s Infi del Trade 207 Matthew Dimmock 13 Cassio, Cash, and the Infidel 0 : Arithmetic, Double-entry Bookkeeping, and Othello s Unfaithful Accounts 223 Patricia Parker 14 Seeds of Sacrifice: Amaranth, the Gardens of Tenochtitlan and Spenser s Faerie Queene 242 Edward M. Test 15 So Pale, So Lame, So Lean, So Ruinous : The Circulation of Foreign Coins in Early Modern England 262 Stephen Deng 16 Canary, Bristoles, Londres, Ingleses: English Traders in the Canaries in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 279 Barbara Sebek 17 The Whole Globe of the Earth : Almanacs and Their Readers 294 Adam Smyth 18 Cesare Vecellio, Venetian Writer and Art-book Cosmopolitan 305 Ann Rosalind Jones Part IV: The Globe Staged 323 19 Bettrice s Monkey: Staging Exotica in Early Modern London Comedy 325 Jean E. Howard 20 The Maltese Factor: The Poetics of Place in The Jew of Malta and The Knight of Malta 340 Virginia Mason Vaughan 21 Local/Global Pericles: International Storytelling, Domestic Social Relations, Capitalism 355 David Morrow Index 378

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  • publication date: 23/04/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781118438800
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 424
  • ID: 9781118438800
  • weight: 650
  • ISBN10: 1118438809

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