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

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Overview

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.
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"No doubt this volume, which vividly demonstrates the link between the spatial and the social, will encourage more work on the topic, for these essays show interdisciplinary work, a variety of approaches, and a breadth of material to explore...[a] fascinating volume." Sixteenth Century Journal
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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)

Meet the Author

Andrew Gordon is a Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of a study guide for Thomas More's Utopia, as well as several articles on aspects of Renaissance culture.

Bernhard Klein is Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Dortmund in Germany. He is the author of Maps and the Writing of Space in Early Modern England and Ireland (2000), and of several essays, reviews and book chapters on Renaissance culture and on contemporary Irish literature.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface
Introduction 1
1 Absorption and representation: mapping England in the early modern House of Commons 15
2 A map of Greater Cambria 35
3 Britannia rules the waves?: images of empire in Elizabethan England 45
4 Performing London: the map and the city in ceremony 69
5 Visible bodies: cartography and anatomy 89
6 The scene of cartography in King Lear 109
7 Unlawful presences: the politics of military space and the problem of women in Tamburlaine 138
8 Marginal waters: Pericles and the idea of jurisdiction 155
9 'On the Famous Voyage': Ben Jonson and civic space 181
10 Imaginary journeys: Spenser, Drayton, and the poetics of national space 204
11 Do real knights need maps? Charting moral, geographical and representational uncertainty in Edmund Spenser's The Faeri Queene 224
Epilogue 239
12 The folly of maps and modernity 241
Select bibliography 263
Index 270
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