Writing Race Across the Atlantic World, Medieval to Modern (Signs of Race Series) / Edition 1

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Writing Race Across the Atlantic World, Medieval to Modern comprises a set of lively, diverse, and original investigations into contemporary notions of race in the oceanic interculture of the Atlantic during the early modern period. Working across institutional boundaries of “American” and “British” literature in this period, as well as between “history” and “literature,” ten essays address the ways in which cultural categories of “race”—brown, red, and white, African-American and Afro-Caribbean, Spanish and Jewish, English and Celtic, native American and northern European, creole and mestizo—were constructed and adapted by early modern writers.

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"I found all the essays in this very diverse collection to be at once historical, anecdotal, and a real pleasure to read. I found these essays to be pioneering in their efforts to demonstrate that we must have studies that do more than compare the constructions of race across time and geography. These essays show that we must be attentive to the ways the very exchanges and amiable and inimical encounters across the Atlantic were and remain fundamental to our contemporary devisings of race in Anglicized and Americanized cultures. Anyone interested in how the local can and does transmogrify into more troubling universalist truths will find this diverse collection an excellent piece of argumentative evidence."—Arthur L. Little, Jr., Associate Professor of English, UCLA, author of Shakespeare Jungle Fever: National-Imperial Re-Visions of Race, Rape, and Sacrifice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312295974
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/21/2004
  • Series: Signs of Race
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Beidler is Professor of English at the University of Alabama.

Gary Taylor is Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Gary Taylor and Philip Beidler
• A Mirror Across the Water: Mimetic Racism and Cultural Survival—Barbara Fuchs
• Angells in America—Karen Ordahl Kupperman
• Prehistoric Diasporas: Colonial Theories of the Origins of Native American Peoples—Gordon Sayre
• Michelangelo and the Curse of Ham: From a Typology of Jew-Hatred to a Genealogy of Racism—Benjamin Braude
• "Extravagant Viciousness": Slavery and Gluttony in the Works of Thomas Tryon—Kim Hall
• "Working Like a Dog": African Labor and Racking: The Human-Animal Divide in Early Modern England—Francesca Royster
• Fresh Produce—Joseph Roach
• "Men to Monsters": Civility, Barbarism, and "Race" in Early Modern Ireland—David J. Baker
• Mustapha Rub-a-Dub Keli Khan and Other Famous Early American Mahometans—Philip Beidler

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