Mimesis and Empire: The New World, Islam, and European Identities

Mimesis and Empire: The New World, Islam, and European Identities

by Barbara Fuchs
     
 

In Mimesis and Empire Barbara Fuchs explores the intricate dynamics of imitation and contradistinction among early modern European powers in literary and historiographical texts from sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Spain, Italy, England, and the New World. The book considers a broad sweep of material, including European representations of New World subjects… See more details below

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In Mimesis and Empire Barbara Fuchs explores the intricate dynamics of imitation and contradistinction among early modern European powers in literary and historiographical texts from sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Spain, Italy, England, and the New World. The book considers a broad sweep of material, including European representations of New World subjects and of Islam, both portrayed as 'other' in contemporary texts. It supplements the transatlantic perspective on early modern imperialism with an awareness of the situation in the Mediterranean and considers problems of reading and literary transmission; imperial ideology and colonial identities; counterfeits and forgery; and piracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521543507
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture Series, #40
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on translations
Introduction1
1Truth, fictions, and the New World13
2Literary loyalties, imperial betrayals35
3Lettered subjects64
4Virtual Spaniards99
5Faithless empires: pirates, renegadoes, and the English nation118
6Pirating Spain139
Conclusion: Contra originality164
Notes167
Bibliography196
Index206

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