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Before Orientalism
London's Theatre of the East, 1576–1626

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521121491

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  • This volume examines early Anglo-Indian relations through trade (with the establishment of the East India Company), tourism, and diplomacy and reveals important differences between traveller reports and the representations of London's press and stage. Richmond Barbour looks closely at exotic visions of "the East," as staged in the playhouses, at court, and on the streets of Shakespeare's London. He follows the efforts of the newly established East India Company, and the careers of England's first tourist and first ambassador in India, Thomas Coryate and Sir Thomas Roe.

    • Proposes and practices 'cultural logistics' as a theoretical rapprochement between cultural poetics and cultural materialism
    • Analyses passages from Emperor Jahangir's journal (in English translation) in counterpoint to Sir Thomas Roe's journal
    • Offers a wide range of illustrations and includes illustrations that reveal European influences in Moghul art and the latter on English representations
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    "Barbour's work is an important contribution to colonial discourse analysis and the (orientalized?) cultural history of the early modern period." Sixteenth Century Journal

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    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521121491
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prelude: the cultural logistics of England's Eastern initiative
    Part I. Staging 'the East' in England:
    1. 'The glorious empire of the Turks, the present terrour of the world'
    2. Exotic persuasions in the playhouse: Tamburlaine the Great
    Antony and Cleopatra
    3. Imperial poetics in royal and civic spectacle
    Interlude: imaging home and travel
    Part II. Inaugural Scenes in the Eastern Theatre:
    4. Thomas Coryate and the invention of tourism
    5. Sir Thomas Roe and the embassy to India, 1615–19
    Afterword.

  • Author

    Richmond Barbour, Oregon State University

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