A Companion to the Global Renaissance
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A Companion to the Global Renaissance

English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion
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ISBN-13:
9781118438800
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.05.2013
Seiten:
400
Autor:
Jyotsna G. Singh
Gewicht:
651 g
Format:
246x172x25 mm
Serie:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This exciting new Companion explores the interactions between Europe and other peoples of both the New and Old worlds during the English Renaissance, and their effect on the literature, culture, art, and history of the period.
The storied achievements of the Renaissance were not simply the result of a cultural rediscovery of shared European classical traditions. A Companion to the Global Renaissance presents a more complex perspective that considers England's commercial and cross-cultural interactions with the New and Old Worlds of the Americas, Africa, and the East, as well as with Northern Europe. By illustrating how English culture and literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were shaped by emerging long-distance mercantile, proto-colonial, and cultural economies of exchange, this innovative collection presents a new history of globalization. After introducing globalization's theoretical underpinnings, twenty one newly-commissioned essays collectively illustrate how twentieth-century globalization was the result of a lengthy and complex historical process linked to the emergence of capitalism and colonialism. These wide-ranging chapters examine such topics as England's trading companies and the flow of labor and capital; exploration and cartography; travel and empire; domestic consumerism, money, and material culture; East-West relations and Islam; visual representations and aesthetic theories of and by cultural 'others'; gender and race struggles within the new economies and cultures; the global dimensions of Renaissance literature; and global drama on the cosmopolitan English stage. With academic rigor and critical authority, A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion challenges popular notions of Renaissance history and presents fascinating new insights into the roots of globalization.
List of Illustrations ix

Notes on Contributors x

Acknowledgments xvi

Introduction: The Global Renaissance 1
Jyotsna G. Singh

Part I: Mapping the Global 29

1 The New Globalism: Transcultural Commerce, Global Systems Theory, and Spenser's Mammon 31
Daniel Vitkus

2 "Travailing" Theory: Global Flows of Labor and the Enclosure of the Subject 50
Crystal Bartolovich

3 Islam and Tamburlaine's World-picture 67
John Michael Archer

4 Traveling Nowhere: Global Utopias in the Early Modern Period 82
Chloë Houston

Part II: "Contact Zones" 99

5 The Benefi ts of a Warm Study: The Resistance to Travel before Empire 101
Andrew Hadfield

6 "Apes of Imitation": Imitation and Identity in Sir Thomas Roe's Embassy to India 114
Nandini Das

7 A Multinational Corporation: Foreign Labor in the London East India Company 129
Richmond Barbour

8 Where was Iceland in 1600? 149
Mary C. Fuller

9 East by North-east: The English among the Russians, 1553-1603 163
Gerald MacLean

10 The Politics of Identity: William Adams, John Saris, and the English East India Company's Failure in Japan 178
Catherine Ryu

11 The Queer Moor: Bodies, Borders, and Barbary Inns 190

Ian Smith

Part III: Networks of Exchange: Traveling Objects 205

12 Guns and Gawds: Elizabethan England's Infi del Trade 207
Matthew Dimmock

13 Cassio, Cash, and the "Infidel 0": Arithmetic, Double-entry Bookkeeping, and Othello's Unfaithful Accounts 223
Patricia Parker

14 Seeds of Sacrifice: Amaranth, the Gardens of Tenochtitlan and Spenser's Faerie Queene 242
Edward M. Test

15 "So Pale, So Lame, So Lean, So Ruinous": The Circulation of Foreign Coins in Early Modern England 262
Stephen Deng

16 Canary, Bristoles, Londres, Ingleses: English Traders in the Canaries in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 279
Barbara Sebek

17 "The Whole Globe of the Earth": Almanacs and Their Readers 294
Adam Smyth

18 Cesare Vecellio, Venetian Writer and Art-book Cosmopolitan 305
Ann Rosalind Jones

Part IV: The Globe Staged 323

19 Bettrice's Monkey: Staging Exotica in Early Modern London Comedy 325
Jean E. Howard

20 The Maltese Factor: The Poetics of Place in The Jew of Malta and The Knight of Malta 340
Virginia Mason Vaughan

21 Local/Global Pericles: International Storytelling, Domestic Social Relations, Capitalism 355
David Morrow

Index 378
Featuring twenty one newly-commissioned essays, A Companion tothe Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Eraof Expansion demonstrates how today s globalization is theresult of a complex and lengthy historical process that had itsroots in England s mercantile and cross-cultural interactions ofthe sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
An innovative collection that interrogates the global paradigmof our period and offers a new history of globalization byexploring its influences on English culture and literature of theearly modern period.
Moves beyond traditional notions of Renaissance history mainlyas a revival of antiquity and presents a new perspective onEngland s mercantile and cross-cultural interactions with the Newand Old Worlds of the Americas, Africa, and the East, as well withNorthern Europe.
Illustrates how twentieth-century globalization was the resultof a lengthy and complex historical process linked to the emergenceof capitalism and colonialism
Explores vital topics such as East-West relations and Islam;visual representations of cultural others ; gender and racestruggles within the new economies and cultures; global drama onthe cosmopolitan English stage, and many more