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)Hardback

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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 colonialismExplores 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

About Author

Jyotsna G. Singh is a Professor at Michigan State University, where she teaches early modern literature and culture, post-colonial theory, 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 and Queen Mary, University of London.


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

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  • ISBN13: 9781405154765
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 424
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  • weight: 880
  • ISBN10: 1405154764

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