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Mimesis and empire [electronic resource] : the new world, Islam, and European identities /
Barbara Fuchs.
imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
description
xiii, 211 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521801028 (hardback)
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
isbn
0521801028 (hardback)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8157366
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 196-205) and index.
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"To take the concept of miemsis as a cultural tool is a very powerful move and one Fuchs does with real elegance in this book." Studies in English Literature
'Recovering that sense of the self-evident importance of Islam to early modern Europe is a valuable project. Barbara Fuch's significant contribution to that begins as a corrective to recent writings on early modern colonialism; she rightly insists that European imperialism, and European identities, be seen not only in relation to the example of Rome, but also to Islam.'Sixteenth Century Journal
'Recovering that sense of the self-evident importance of Islam to early modern Europe is a valuable project. Barbara Fuch's significant contribution to that begins as a corrective to recent writings on early modern colonialism; she rightly insists that European imperialism, and European identities, be seen not only in relation to the example of Rome, but also to Islam.' Sixteenth Century Journal
"...meticulously documented and superbly argued...significantly revise[s] our understanding of the cultural politics of colonialism in the early modern period." Modern Language Quarterly
"...her text offers a lucid set of examples of an admirably original and, more importantly, useful insight into the nature of cultural and political influence both at the point of nationalism's emergence and in its present decline." Comparartive Literature Studies, Ryan W. Szpiech, Yale University
"Elegant and illuminating...an admirable work of literary and cultural theory and historiography." Zeitschrift fuer Anglistik und Amerikanistik
'Fuchs is an astute and imaginative reader of texts. Her emphasis on the circulation of 'counterfeited' identities ... alone, is refreshing.'Itinerario
"Fuchs is an astute and imaginative reader of texts. Her emphasis on the circulation of 'counterfeited' identities...alone, is refreshing." Itinerario
'Fuchs reads many of her texts with probing insight and imagination, and the breadth of her knowledge is very impressive.' Renaissance Quarterly
'Fuchs reads many of her texts with probing insight and imagination, and the breadth of her knowledge is very impressive.'Renaissance Quarterly
'An intelligent and balanced book - and a necessary eye-opener on the triangulation of Europe, the Mediterranean and America in the early modern period.’Seventeenth Century News
"An intelligent and balanced book--and a necessary eye-opener on the triangulation of Europe, the Mediterranean and America in the early modern period." Seventeenth Century News
'An intelligent and balanced book - and a necessary eye-opener on the triangulation of Europe, the Mediterranean and America in the early modern period.'Seventeenth Century News
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As powerful, pointed imitation, cultural mimesis can effect inclusion in a polity, threaten state legitimacy, or undo the originality upon which such legitimacy is based. In Mimesis and Empire, first published in 2001, Barbara Fuchs explores the intricate dynamics of imitation and contradistinction among early modern European powers in literary and historiographical texts from sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Spain, Italy, England and the New World. The book considers a broad sweep of material, including European representations of New World subjects and of Islam, both portrayed as 'other' in contemporary texts. It supplements the transatlantic perspective on early modern imperialism with an awareness of the situation in the Mediterranean and considers problems of reading and literary transmission; imperial ideology and colonial identities; counterfeits and forgery; and piracy.
Description for Bookstore
This 2001 book explores the dynamics of imitation among early modern European powers in literary and historiographical texts from sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Spain, Italy, England and the New World. The author considers problems of reading and literary transmission; imperial ideology and colonial identities; counterfeits and forgery; and piracy.
Description for Bookstore
Explores the dynamics of imitation among early modern European powers in literary and historiographical texts from sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Spain, Italy, England, and the New World. The author considers problems of reading and literary transmission; imperial ideology and colonial identities; counterfeits and forgery; and piracy.
Description for Library
Here the author explores the dynamics of imitation among early modern European powers in literary and historiographical texts from sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Spain, Italy, England, and the New World. The book considers a broad sweep of material, including European representations of New World subjects and of Islam. It supplements the transatlantic perspective on early modern imperialism with an awareness of the situation in the Mediterranean and considers problems of reading and literary transmission; imperial ideology and colonial identities; counterfeits and forgery; and piracy.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text explores the intricate dynamics of imitation and contradistinction among early modern European powers in literary and historiographical texts. It considers representations of the New World and Islam.
Main Description
As powerful, pointed imitation, cultural mimesis can effect inclusion in a polity, threaten state legitimacy, or undo the originality upon which such legitimacy is based. In Mimesis and Empire Barbara Fuchs explores the intricate dynamics of imitation and contradistinction among early modern European powers in literary and historiographical texts from sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Spain, Italy, England, and the New World. The book considers a broad sweep of material, including European representations of New World subjects and of Islam, both portrayed as 'other' in contemporary texts. It supplements the transatlantic perspective on early modern imperialism with an awareness of the situation in the Mediterranean and considers problems of reading and literary transmission; imperial ideology and colonial identities; counterfeits and forgery; and piracy.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Truth, fictions, and the New World
Literary loyalties, imperial betrayals
Lettered subjects
Virtual Spaniards
Faithless empires
Pirating Spain
Conclusion
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