Literature, Mapping, and the Politics of Space in Early Modern Britain

Literature, Mapping, and the Politics of Space in Early Modern Britain

by Andrew Gordon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521169437

ISBN-13: 9780521169431

Pub. Date: 12/16/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This collection analyzes the material practice behind the concept of mapping, a particular cognitive mode of gaining control over the world. Ranging widely across visual and textual artifacts implicated in the culture of mapping, from the literature of Shakespeare, Spenser, Marlowe and Jonson, to representations of body, city, nation and empire, it argues for a…  See more details below

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This collection analyzes the material practice behind the concept of mapping, a particular cognitive mode of gaining control over the world. Ranging widely across visual and textual artifacts implicated in the culture of mapping, from the literature of Shakespeare, Spenser, Marlowe and Jonson, to representations of body, city, nation and empire, it argues for a thorough reevaluation of the impact of cartography on the shaping of social and political identities in early modern Britain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521169431
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/16/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface
Introduction1
1Absorption and representation: mapping England in the early modern House of Commons15
2A map of Greater Cambria35
3Britannia rules the waves?: images of empire in Elizabethan England45
4Performing London: the map and the city in ceremony69
5Visible bodies: cartography and anatomy89
6The scene of cartography in King Lear109
7Unlawful presences: the politics of military space and the problem of women in Tamburlaine138
8Marginal waters: Pericles and the idea of jurisdiction155
9'On the Famous Voyage': Ben Jonson and civic space181
10Imaginary journeys: Spenser, Drayton, and the poetics of national space204
11Do real knights need maps? Charting moral, geographical and representational uncertainty in Edmund Spenser's The Faeri Queene224
Epilogue239
12The folly of maps and modernity241
Select bibliography263
Index270

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