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Mimesis and Empire

Mimesis and Empire
The New World, Islam, and European Identities

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: January 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521543507

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About the Authors
  • 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.

    • Offers comparative look at European and New World early modern culture
    • Brings post-colonial approach to bear on the early modern period
    • Combines theoretical and historical methodologies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...meticulously documented and superbly argued...significantly revise[s] our understanding of the cultural politics of colonialism in the early modern period."
    -Modern Language Quarterly

    "Fuchs reads many of her texts with probing insight and imagination, and the breadth of her knowledge is very impressive."
    -Renaissance Quarterly

    "Elegant and 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."

    "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

    "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

    "...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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521543507
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Truth, fictions, and the New World
    2. Literary loyalties, imperial betrayals
    3. Lettered subjects
    4. Virtual Spaniards
    5. Faithless empires
    6. Pirating Spain

  • Author

    Barbara Fuchs, University of Washington
    Barbara Fuchs is Assistant Professor of English and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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