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A companion to the global Renaissance [electronic resource] : English literature and culture in the era of expansion /
edited by Jyotsna G. Singh.
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Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell Pub., 2009.
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xvii, 400 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
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1405154764 (alk. paper), 9781405154765 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell Pub., 2009.
isbn
1405154764 (alk. paper)
9781405154765 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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10488042
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-04-01:
The 21 contributors to this volume (which appears in the "Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture" series) explore England's emerging role in global travel and commerce during the 16th and 17th centuries. Singh (Michigan State Univ.) groups the essays in four parts. The first, "Mapping the Global," examines the theoretical basis and implications of globalization. The second looks at "contact zones," places where previously separate cultural entities intersect, such as the first embassies to other courts or countries; the English trading companies that ventured into India, Russia, and Japan; and Christian-Islamic interactions. The third, "Networks of Exchange: Traveling Objects," traces the movement and consumption of commodities in the new global trade. A short fourth section, "The Globe Staged," looks at global representations on the English stage. Numerous writers come under discussion, but the most frequently mentioned are Shakespeare, Spenser, and Marlowe. Each chapter includes its own notes and bibliography. This accessible, well-written book provides beginners with a solid introduction to globalization in the early modern period; more advanced scholars will find the book offers new insights, especially given the diversity of topics covered. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. B. E. Brandt South Dakota State University
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"This volume will provoke students and scholars to think about the Renaissance in much broader, non-European contexts; it contributes valuably to new work on globalization by historicizing the concept." (The English Renaissance, 1 September 2011) "This collection is intelligently structured and impressively diverse in both its geographical and intellectual range. Most of all, it is unwaveringly enjoyable and intriguing to read. It must surely become a firm fixture on a wide and interdisciplinary range of student reading lists for the early modern period." (Renaissance Studies, November 2010)
"This collection is intelligently structured and impressively diverse in both its geographical and intellectual range. Most of all, it is unwaveringly enjoyable and intriguing to read. It must surely become a firm fixture on a wide and interdisciplinary range of student reading lists for the early modern period." (Renaissance Studies, November 2010)
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Main Description
Featuring twenty one newly-commissioned essays, A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion demonstrates how todays globalization is the result of a complex and lengthy historical process that had its roots in Englands mercantile and cross-cultural interactions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. An innovative collection that interrogates the global paradigm of our period and offers a new history of globalization by exploring its influences on English culture and literature of the early modern period. Moves beyond traditional notions of Renaissance history mainly as a revival of antiquity and presents a new perspective on Englands mercantile and cross-cultural interactions with the New and Old Worlds of the Americas, Africa, and the East, as well with Northern Europe. Illustrates how twentieth-century globalization was the result of a lengthy and complex historical process linked to the emergence of capitalism and colonialism Explores vital topics such as East-West relations and Islam; visual representations of cultural others; gender and race struggles within the new economies and cultures; global drama on the cosmopolitan English stage, and many more
Bowker Data Service Summary
This 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.
Back Cover Copy
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.
Main Description
Featuring twenty one newly-commissioned essays, A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion demonstrates how today's globalization is the result of a complex and lengthy historical process that had its roots in England's mercantile and cross-cultural interactions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.An innovative collection that interrogates the global paradigm of our period and offers a new history of globalization by exploring its influences on English culture and literature of the early modern period. Moves beyond traditional notions of Renaissance history mainly as a revival of antiquity and presents a new perspective on England's mercantile and cross-cultural interactions with the New and Old Worlds of the Americas, Africa, and the East, as well with Northern Europe. Illustrates how twentieth-century globalization was the result of a lengthy and complex historical process linked to the emergence of capitalism and colonialism Explores vital topics such as East-West relations and Islam; visual representations of cultural 'others'; gender and race struggles within the new economies and cultures; global drama on the cosmopolitan English stage, and many more
Long Description
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 (CUT including slavery) 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.
Back Cover Copy
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.
Main Description
Featuring twenty one newly-commissioned essays, A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion demonstrates how today's globalization is the result of a complex and lengthy historical process that had its roots in England's mercantile and cross-cultural interactions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. An innovative collection that interrogates the global paradigm of our period and offers a new history of globalization by exploring its influences on English culture and literature of the early modern period. Moves beyond traditional notions of Renaissance history mainly as a revival of antiquity and presents a new perspective on England's mercantile and cross-cultural interactions with the New and Old Worlds of the Americas, Africa, and the East, as well with Northern Europe. Illustrates how twentieth-century globalization was the result of a lengthy and complex historical process linked to the emergence of capitalism and colonialism Explores vital topics such as East-West relations and Islam; visual representations of cultural 'others'; gender and race struggles within the new economies and cultures; global drama on the cosmopolitan English stage, and many more
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Global Renaissance: Jyotsna Singh (Michigan StateUniversity
Mapping the Global
The New Globalism: Transcultural Commerce, Global Systems Theory, and SpenserÆs Mammon
öTravailingö Theory: Global Flows of Labor and the Enclosure of the Subject
Islam and TamburlaineÆs World-picture
Traveling Nowhere: Global Utopias in the Early Modern Period
öContact Zonesö
The Benefits of a Warm Study: The Resistance to Travel before Empire
öApes of Imitationö: Imitation and Identity in Sir Thomas RoeÆs Embassy to India
A Multinational Corporation: Foreign Labor in the London East India Company
Where was Iceland in 1600?
East by North-east: The English among the Russians, 1553û1603
The Politics of Identity: William Adams, John Saris, and the English East India CompanyÆs Failure in Japan
The Queer Moor: Bodies, Borders, and Barbary Inns
Networks of Exchange: Traveling Objects
Guns and Gawds: Elizabethan EnglandÆs Infidel Trade
Cassio, Cash, and the ôInfidel 0ö: Arithmetic, Double-entry Book-keeping, and OthelloÆs Unfaithful Accounts
Seeds of Sacrifice: Amaranth, the Gardens of Tenochtitlan and SpenserÆs Faerie Queene
öSo Pale, So Lame, So Lean, So Ruinousö: The Circulation of Foreign Coins in Early Modern England
Canary, Bristoles, Londres, Ingleses: English Traders in the Canaries in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
öThe Whole Globe of the Earthö: Almanacs and Their Readers
Cesare Vecellio, Venetian Writer and Art-book Cosmopolitan
The Globe Staged
BettriceÆs Monkey: Staging Exotica in Early Modern London Comedy
The Maltese Factor: The Poetics of Place in The Jew of Malta and The Knight of Malta
Local/Global Pericles: International Storytelling, Domestic Social Relations, Capitalism
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