The Far East and the English Imagination, 1600-1730

The Far East and the English Imagination, 1600-1730

by Robert Markley
     
 

ISBN-10: 052181944X

ISBN-13: 9780521819442

Pub. Date: 01/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Alongside works by canonical English authors, this study examines the writings of Jesuit missionaries, Dutch merchants, and English and Continental geographers, who directly contended with the challenges that China and Japan posed to visions of Western cultural and technological superiority. Questioning conventional Eurocentric histories, Markley examines the ways in…  See more details below

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Alongside works by canonical English authors, this study examines the writings of Jesuit missionaries, Dutch merchants, and English and Continental geographers, who directly contended with the challenges that China and Japan posed to visions of Western cultural and technological superiority. Questioning conventional Eurocentric histories, Markley examines the ways in which the writings of Milton, Dryden, Defoe, and Swift deal with the complexities of a world in which England was marginalized and which, until 1800, was dominated - economically at least - by the empires of the Far East.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521819442
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : British literature of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties1
1The Far East, the East India Company, and the English imagination30
2China and the limits of Eurocentric history : Milton, the Jesuits, and the Jews of Kaifeng70
3"Prudently present your regular tribute" : civility, ceremony, and European rivalry in Qing China104
4Heroic merchants : trade, nationalism, and abjection in Dryden's Amboyna143
5"I have now done with my island, and all manner of discourse about it" : Crusoe's Farther adventures in the Far East177
6"So inexhaustible a treasure of gold" : Defoe, credit, and the romance of the South Seas210
7Gulliver, the Japanese, and the fantasy of European abjection241
Epilogue : the ideology of trade269

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