A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion / Edition 1

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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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"This volume will provoke students and scholars to think about the Renaissance in much broader, non-European contexts; it contributes valuably to new work on globalization by historicizing the concept." (The English Renaissance, 1 September 2011)

"This collection is intelligently structured and impressively diverse in both its geographical and intellectual range. Most of all, it is unwaveringly enjoyable and intriguing to read. It must surely become a firm fixture on a wide and interdisciplinary range of student reading lists for the early modern period." (Renaissance Studies, November 2010)

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Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

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
Chloë 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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