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The Romance of the New World
Gender and the Literary Formations of English Colonialism

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521594578

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  • This book explores the lively interplay between popular romances and colonial narratives during a crucial period of English and colonial history. Joan Pong Linton argues that while the emergent romance figure of the husband embodies a new ideal of productive masculinity, colonial narratives, in putting this masculinity to the test, often contradict and raise doubts about the ideal. Study of these texts in the context of colonial experience reveals not just the "romance of empire" but also the impact of the New World on English identity.

    • Revealing study of how narratives of popular romance and colonial encounters helped reflect and form English identity
    • Strong focus on gender construction and on the importance of Native American culture
    • Provides an insight into the development of culture at a crucial point in English, American and colonial history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The book delivers on both terms of the series title, Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture, balancing attention to both 'literature' and 'culture' evenhandedly and meticulously throughout." Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England

    "Linton finds original angles to produce fresh illumination." Shakespeare Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521594578
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.438kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Love's laborers: the busy heroes of romance and empire
    2. Sea-knights and royal virgins: American gold and its discontents in lodge's A Margarite of America (1596)
    3. Jack of Newbery and Drake in California: domestic and colonial narratives of English cloth and manhood
    4. Eros and science: the discourses of magical consumerism
    5. Gender, savagery, tobacco: marketplaces for consumption
    6. Inconstancy: coming to Indians through Troilus and Cressida
    7. The Tempest, 'rape', the art and smart of Virginian husbandry
    Coda: the masks of Pocahontas
    Works cited

  • Author

    Joan Pong Linton, Indiana University

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