Strangers in blood [electronic resource] : relocating race in the Renaissance /
Jean E. Feerick.
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2010.
xiii, 272 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
1442641401, 9781442641402 (hbk.)
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2010.
9781442641402 (hbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-257) and index.
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'An important contribution to early modern studies, Strangers in Bloodargues for the primacy of bloodlines to evolving conceptions of race. Rich in its attention to language, and to a well-chosen range of historical and literary representations, Feerick's remarkably well-written, persuasive, and original book emphasizes the perceived instability of early modern racial identities, their vulnerability especially to the conditions of transplantation, culture, time, and space.'
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Strangers in Blood explores, in a range of early modern literature, the association between migration to foreign lands and the moral and physical degeneration of individuals.
Main Description
Strangers in Bloodexplores, in a range of early modern literature, the association between migration to foreign lands and the moral and physical degeneration of individuals. Arguing that, in early modern discourse, the concept of race was primarily linked with notions of bloodline, lineage, and genealogy rather than with skin colour and ethnicity, Jean E. Feerick establishes that the characterization of settler communities as subject to degenerative decline constituted a massive challenge to the fixed system of blood that had hitherto underpinned the English social hierarchy. Considering contexts as diverse as Ireland, Virginia, and the West Indies, Strangers in Bloodtracks the widespread cultural concern that moving out of England would adversely affect the temper and complexion of the displaced individual, changes that could be fought only through willed acts of self-discipline. In emphasizing the decline of blood as found at the centre of colonial narratives, Feerick illustrates the unwitting disassembling of one racial system and the creation of another.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Bloodworkp. 3
Blemished Bloodlines and The Faerie Queene, Book 2p. 25
Uncouth Milk and the Irish Wet Nursep. 55
Cymbeline and Virginia's British Climatep. 78
Passion and Degeneracy in Tragicomic Island Playsp. 113
High Spirits, Nature's Ranks, and Ligon's Indiesp. 137
Coda: Beyond the Renaissancep. 173
Notesp. 179
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 259
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