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

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

by Jyotsna G. Singh
 

ISBN-10: 1405154764

ISBN-13: 9781405154765

Pub. Date: 06/02/2009

Publisher: Wiley

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

Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405154765
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series , #106
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.60(d)

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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