"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
Writing Race Across the Atlantic World: Medieval to Modernby P. Beidler (Editor), G. Taylor (Editor)
This collection of original essays explores the origins of contemporary notions of race in the oceanic interculture of the Atlantic world in the early modern period. In doing so, it breaks down institutional boundaries between 'American' and 'British' literature in this early period, as well as between 'history' and 'literature'. Individual essays address the ways in which categories of 'race' - black 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 or adapted by early modern writers. The collection brings together a top collection of historians and literary critics specializing in early modern Britain and early America.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews