Things of Darkness: Economics of Race and Gender in Early Modern England

Things of Darkness: Economics of Race and Gender in Early Modern England

by Kim F. Hall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801482496

ISBN-13: 9780801482496

Pub. Date: 12/28/1995

Publisher: Cornell University Press

The "Ethiope," the "tawny Tartar," the "woman blackamoore," and "knotty Africanisms" - allusions to blackness abound in Renaissance texts. Kim F. Hall's book is the first to view these evocations of blackness in the contexts of sexual politics, imperialism, and slavery in early modern England. Her work reveals the vital link between England's expansion into realms of…  See more details below

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The "Ethiope," the "tawny Tartar," the "woman blackamoore," and "knotty Africanisms" - allusions to blackness abound in Renaissance texts. Kim F. Hall's book is the first to view these evocations of blackness in the contexts of sexual politics, imperialism, and slavery in early modern England. Her work reveals the vital link between England's expansion into realms of difference and otherness - through exploration and colonialism - and the highly charged ideas of race and gender which emerged. Concentrating on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Hall shows how race, sexuality, economics, and nationalism contributed to the formation of a modern (white, male) identity in English culture. The volume includes a useful appendix of not readily accessible Renaissance poems on blackness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801482496
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1A World of Difference: Travel Narratives and the Inscription of Culture25
2Fair Texts/Dark Ladies: Renaissance Lyric and the Poetics of Color62
3"Commerce and Intercourse": Dramas of Alliance and Trade123
4The Daughters of Eve and the Children of Ham: Race and the English Woman Writer177
5"An Object in the Midst of Other Objects": Race, Gender, Material Culture211
Epilogue: Oil "Race," Black Feminism, and White Supremacy254
Appendix: Poems of Blackness269
Works Cited291
Index309

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