Imperialisms: Historical and Literary Investigations, 1500-1900

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Filling a major gap in historical, literary, and post-colonial scholarship, Imperialisms examines early identity statements and nuances of dominance of the world's major imperialisms in various theatres of competition. Developed in collaboration with leading scholars in the field, this book balances historical essays and case studies, and encourages investigations of conversant and competing imperialisms, their practices, and their rhetoric of self-justification. Europe, India, the New World, Africa, and the Far ...

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Overview

Filling a major gap in historical, literary, and post-colonial scholarship, Imperialisms examines early identity statements and nuances of dominance of the world's major imperialisms in various theatres of competition. Developed in collaboration with leading scholars in the field, this book balances historical essays and case studies, and encourages investigations of conversant and competing imperialisms, their practices, and their rhetoric of self-justification. Europe, India, the New World, Africa, and the Far East are among the imperialisms and their sites featured here, and which are analyzed in relation to intersecting debates on politics, religion, literature, nationalism, commerce, conversion, and race. Valuable for preliminary or advanced studies, Imperialisms provides multiple points of entry into and guidelines for a conversation both current and vigorous.

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"This diverse and stimulating collection of essays throws a fresh light on the multiple sites of imperialism's reach from the early modern period to 1900. The focus on comparative imperialisms illuminates the crucial distinctions among both European and Asian imperial powers, while also tracking similar strategies of dominance and control. A valuable resource for all those interested in a long-range view of imperial developments."--Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, author of Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, and Belief

"Our anxious moment of global achievement has ushered in a new age of the politics and poetics of Empire. This complex and contested term represents a crucial turn in revisionary thinking that is nowhere better explored--with greater critical acuity and more creative panache--than in Rajan and Sauer's volume. They have inspired their gifted contributors to engage with the diverse discourses and domains of the Imperial imagination and the result is a collective achievement of great distinction that enables us to frame the troubled Empire of our times with the history that it both needs and deserves."--Homi K. Bhabha, Rothenberg Professor of English, Harvard University

"As the field of postcolonial studies has deepened and matured, scholars throughout the humanities and social sciences have begun to acknowledge the need for complementary investigations in the historical varieties of imperial discourse and practice. Comparative imperialisms: Balachandra Rajan and Elizabeth Sauer have commissioned an exemplary series of essays in just this cross-disciplinary field. This volume brings together the work of leading scholars in half a dozen national literatures, in cultural history, in music, in political science; its purview extends over four hundred years and, significantly, to the Asian as well as the European and transAtlantic theatres of empire. It will be an invaluable resource for all those interested in the intersecting force fields of mercantilist, colonial, and religious ambition; the reciprocal ideologies of nationalism and modern empire; and the emergent discourses of race, modernity, competing conversions, and profit."--Linda Gregerson, Frederick G. L. Heutwell Professor of English, University of Michigan, and author of The Reformation of the Subject

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403965202
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/18/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Balachandra Rajan, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, has written six books on Milton, Yeats, Eliot, the unfinished poem, and the representation of India in imperial discourse. He has also published two novels. Professor Rajan is an Honored Scholar of the Milton Society and a fellow and medallist of the Royal Society of Canada.

Elizabeth Sauer, Professor of English, holds a Chancellor's Research Chair at Brock University, Canada. She has authored Barbarous Dissonance and Images of Voice in Milton's Epics (1996) and recently completed a monograph on early modern textual communities. She has co-edited multiple volumes on creative agonistics, print culture, women's literary history, religion and literature, and early imperialisms, including Milton and the Imperial Vision, with Balachandra Rajan (1999), winner of the Milton Society of America Irene Samuel Memorial Award.

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Table of Contents

Imperialisms: Early Modern to Pre-Modernist--Balachandra Rajan and Elizabeth Sauer
Part I: Early Modern European Imperialisms: Literary Representations
• "The Ship comes Well-Laden": Court Politics, Colonialism, and Cuckoldry in Gil Vicente's Auto da India--Shankar Raman
• Learning from Spain: The Case of the Irish Moriscos--Barbara Fuchs
• "Those People far surpass us": Gulliver, the Japanese, and the Dutch--Robert Markley
Part II: Early Modern Europeans on India
• Civilization and the Problem of Race: Portuguese and Italian Travel Narratives to India--Dorothy Figueira
• England in Moghul India: Historicizing Cultural Difference and its Discontents--Paul Stevens
• The British and the Dutch in India (1750-1799)--Florence D'Souza
Part III: Early Imperialisms: East and West
• Empire as Composite: The Ottoman Polity and the Typology of Dominion--Daniel Goffman and Christopher Stroop
• The Maliki Imperialism of Ahmad al-Mansur: The Moroccan Invasion of Sudan, 1591--Nabil I. Matar
• Colonial Benedictions: Worldly Catholics and Secular Priests in French Indochina--Patricia Pelley
• A Note on "Further India"--Balachandra Rajan
Part IV: English and French Imperialisms: 18th and 19th Centuries
• "English" and French Imperial Designs in Canada and in a Larger Context--Jonathan Hart
• Displacement and Anxiety: Empire and Opera--Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon
Part V: German Imperial Philosophies and Practices
• Inventing the Orient: Discursive Alliances of the Philosopher, Historian, and Fiction Writer--Kamakshi P.Murti
• The Colonial Pedagogy of Imperial Germany: Self-Denial in the Interest of the Nation--Sabine Wilke
• Afterword: From Empire to Federation--Anthony Pagden
• Notes on Contributors

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"This diverse and stimulating collection of essays throws a fresh light on the multiple sites of imperialism's reach from the early modern period to 1900. The focus on comparative imperialisms illuminates the crucial distinctions among both European and Asian imperial powers, while also tracking similar strategies of dominance and control. A valuable resource for all those interested in a long-range view of imperial developments."--Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, author of Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, and Belief

"Our anxious moment of global achievement has ushered in a new age of the politics and poetics of Empire. This complex and contested term represents a crucial turn in revisionary thinking that is nowhere better explored--with greater critical acuity and more creative panache--than in Rajan and Sauer's volume. They have inspired their gifted contributors to engage with the diverse discourses and domains of the Imperial imagination and the result is a collective achievement of great distinction that enables us to frame the troubled Empire of our times with the history that it both needs and deserves."--Homi K. Bhabha, Rothenberg Professor of English, Harvard University

"As the field of postcolonial studies has deepened and matured, scholars throughout the humanities and social sciences have begun to acknowledge the need for complementary investigations in the historical varieties of imperial discourse and practice. Comparative imperialisms: Balachandra Rajan and Elizabeth Sauer have commissioned an exemplary series of essays in just this cross-disciplinary field. This volume brings together the work of leading scholars in half a dozennational literatures, in cultural history, in music, in political science; its purview extends over four hundred years and, significantly, to the Asian as well as the European and transAtlantic theatres of empire. It will be an invaluable resource for all those interested in the intersecting force fields of mercantilist, colonial, and religious ambition; the reciprocal ideologies of nationalism and modern empire; and the emergent discourses of race, modernity, competing conversions, and profit."--Linda Gregerson, Frederick G. L. Heutwell Professor of English, University of Michigan, and author of The Reformation of the Subject
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