Literature, Travel, and Colonial Writing in the English Renaissance, 1545-1625

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Overview

What was the purpose of representing foreign lands for writers in the English Renaissance? This innovative and wide-ranging study argues that writers often used their works as vehicles to reflect on the state of contemporary English politics. It examines fictional and non-fictional writings, illustrating how early modern readers made close connections between the two, and the problems involved in assuming that we can make sense of the past with the categories available to us.

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"Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty will all benefit from this well-written and accessible book. Highly recommended."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198184805
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Changing Places in Renaissance Literature
Chapter One: How harmful be the errors of princes: English Travellers in Europe, 1545-1620
Chapter Two: What is the Matter with you Christian Men?: English Colonial Literature, 1555-1625
Chapter Three: The perfect glass of state: English Fiction from William Baldwin to John Brady, 1553-1625
Chapter Four: All my travels history: Reading the Locations of Renaissance Plays
Afterword
Bibliography
Index

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