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The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization

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This is a long-awaited contribution to colonial studies, destined to be influential across a range of disciplines. A broad and ambitious work, it examines the role of language in the colonization of the New World by weaving together literature, semiotics, history, historiography, cartography, geography, and cultural theory. "The Darker Side of the Renaissance" significantly challenges our understanding of New World history. It will stimulate Renaissance and New World scholarship, speak to debates in current ...
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Overview

This is a long-awaited contribution to colonial studies, destined to be influential across a range of disciplines. A broad and ambitious work, it examines the role of language in the colonization of the New World by weaving together literature, semiotics, history, historiography, cartography, geography, and cultural theory. "The Darker Side of the Renaissance" significantly challenges our understanding of New World history. It will stimulate Renaissance and New World scholarship, speak to debates in current anthropology, augment our understanding of linguistics, and provide models for colonial and postcolonial scholarship.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780472084371
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: On Describing Ourselves Describingä Ourselvesä: Comparatism, Differences, and Pluritopic Hermeneutics
Pt. 1 The Colonization of Languages
Ch. 1 Nebrija in the New World: Renaissance Philosophy of Language and the Spread of Western Literacy 29
Ch. 2 The Materiality of Reading and Writing Cultures: The Chain of Sounds, Graphic Signs, and Sign Carriers 69
Pt. 2 The Colonization of Memory
Ch. 3 Record Keeping without Letters and Writing Histories of People without History 125
Ch. 4 Genres as Social Practices: Histories, Enkyclopaideias, and the Limits of Knowledge and Understanding 171
Pt. 3 The Colonization of Space
Ch. 5 The Movable Center: Ethnicity, Geometric Projections, and Coexisting Territorialities 219
Ch. 6 Putting the Americas on the Map: Cartography and the Colonization of Space 259
Afterword On Modernity, Colonization, and the Rise of Occidentalism
Notes 335
Bibliography 385
Index 415
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