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Renaissance Literatures and Postcolonial Studies

Shankar Raman

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Shows how Renaissance writers and artists struggled to reconcile past traditions with experiences of 'discovery'

In what ways have colonial and postcolonial studies transformed our perceptions of early modern European texts and images? How have those perceptions enriched our broader understanding of the colonial and the postcolonial? Focusing on English, Portuguese, Spanish and French colonial projects, Shankar Raman explains how encounters with new worlds and peoples irrevocably shaped both Europeans and their 'others'. There are in-depth case studies on: the Portuguese drama and epic of Gil Vicente and Luis Vaz de Camões; travel narratives and exotic engravings from Theodore de Bry's influential compilations; and the English plays and verse of Christopher Marlowe, John Donne and Richard Brome.

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Contents

Series Editors' Preface
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Timeline
1 Exploring the Terrain
Renaissance Anti-colonialisms
Imperial Translations
Cannibals
Gender and Race
Difference and Repetition
2 Debates
Texts and Contexts
Tempestuous Histories
Postcolonial Reactivations of The Tempest
Theory after Shakespeare
Others and Selves
Ireland: Civilised Selves and Barbarous Others
Spain and Turkey: Protestantism and its Others
Thinking Differently about Others: Olearius' Travels
3 Case Studies
Two Ways of Looking at Colonial Beginnings
Unfinished Histories: Gil Vicente's Auto da Índia
History as Myth: Luis Vaz de Camões' Os Lusíadas
Two Ways of Writing the Heathen
Writing the New World Native: de Bry's America I
Writing the Chinese: de Bry's India Orientalis II
The Brome-an Empire: Wonder and Theatre in The Antipodes
Can't Buy me Love: John Donne's "Loves Progress"
Revolutions that Have No Model: Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great
Primary Works Cited
Secondary Works Cited
Further Reading
Index

About the Author

Shankar Raman is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Literature at MIT. He is the author of Framing "India": The Colonial Imaginary in Early Modern Culture (Stanford University Press, 2002).

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