The Return of Hans Staden: A Go-between in the Atlantic World

The Return of Hans Staden: A Go-between in the Atlantic World

by Eve M. Duffy, Alida C. Metcalf
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1421403463

ISBN-13: 9781421403465

Pub. Date: 12/31/2011

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Hans Staden’s sixteenth-century account of shipwreck and captivity by the Tupinambá Indians of Brazil was an early modern bestseller. This retelling of the German sailor’s eyewitness account known as the True History shows both why it was so popular at the time and why it remains an important tool for understanding the opening of the

Overview

Hans Staden’s sixteenth-century account of shipwreck and captivity by the Tupinambá Indians of Brazil was an early modern bestseller. This retelling of the German sailor’s eyewitness account known as the True History shows both why it was so popular at the time and why it remains an important tool for understanding the opening of the Atlantic world.

Eve M. Duffy and Alida C. Metcalf carefully reconstruct Staden’s life as a German soldier, his two expeditions to the Americas, and his subsequent shipwreck, captivity, brush with cannibalism, escape, and return. The authors explore how these events and experiences were recreated in the text and images of the True History. Focusing on Staden’s multiple roles as a go-between, Duffy and Metcalf address many of the issues that emerge when cultures come into contact and conflict.

An artful and accessible interpretation, The Return of Hans Staden takes a text best known for its sensational tale of cannibalism and shows how it can be reinterpreted as a window into the precariousness of lives on both sides of early modern encounters, when such issues as truth and lying, violence, religious belief, and cultural difference were key to the formation of the Atlantic world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421403465
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

A Note on Spelling and Citation xv

Introduction 1

1 Staden Goes to Sea 12

2 The Lying Captive 48

3 The Traveler Returns 77

4 Staden's Images 103

Epilogue 136

Notes 145

Bibliography 171

Index 187

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