Before Orientalism: London's Theatre of the East, 1576-1626

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"Before Orientalism examines early Anglo-Indian cultural relations through trade (with the establishment of the East India Company), tourism, and diplomacy and illuminates important differences between the reports of travelers and the representations of the London press and stage." Richmond Barbour examines exotic visions of "the East" as staged in the playhouses, at court, and on the streets of Shakespeare's London. He follows the efforts of the newly established East India Company, and the troubled, deeply theatrical careers of England's first tourist and first ambassador in India, Thomas Coryate and Sir Thomas Roe. The wide range of illustrations depicts early modern London's theatricalization of the world and exotic representations of "the East" and reveals European influences on Moghul art and Moghul influences on English representations.
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"Barbour's work is an important contribution to colonial discourse analysis and the (orientalized?) cultural history of the early modern period." Sixteenth Century Journal
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Meet the Author

Richmond Barbour is Associate Professor of English at Oregon State University. His published articles have appeared in Criticism, Publications of the Modern Language Association (PMLA), Journal of English and German Philology (JEGP) and The Huntington Library Quarterly.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Prelude: The cultural logistics of England's eastern initiative 1
Pt. I Staging "the East" in England
1 "The glorious empire of the Turks, the present terrour of the world" 13
2 Exotic persuasions in the playhouse 37
3 Imperial poetics in royal and civic spectacle 68
Interlude: Imaging home and travel 102
Pt. 2 Inaugural scenes in the eastern theatre
4 Thomas Coryate and the invention of tourism 115
5 Sir Thomas Roe and the embassy to India, 1615-1619 146
Afterword 194
Notes 197
Bibliography 219
Index 233
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