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Voyages in Print
English Narratives of Travel to America 1576–1624

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036504

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  • The decades leading up to England's first permanent American colony saw not only territorial and commercial expansion but also the emergence of a vast and heterogeneous literature. In the multiple relations of writing to discovery over these decades, these texts played a role more powerful than that of simple recording. They needed to establish certain realities against a background of scepticism - the possibility of discovery, the lands discovered, the intentions and experiences of the discoverers - and they also had to find ways of theorizing their enterprise. Yet conceiving of the American enterprise positively or even survivably proved surprisingly difficult; the voyage narratives evolved almost from the outset as a genre concerned with recuperating failure - as noble, strategic, even as a form of success. Reception of these texts from the Victorian era on has often accepted their claims of heroism and mastery; through a careful re-reading, Mary Fuller argues for a more complicated, less glorious history.

    • Provides readings of important travel works by Richard Hakluyt, Walter Raleigh and John Smith
    • Proposes a model of travel writing as a mixed genre rather than either history or literature
    • Pays close attention to the English context as opposed to making broad cross-cultural arguments
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    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521036504
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    1. Early ventures: writing under the Gilbert and Ralegh patents
    2. Ralegh's discoveries: the two voyages to Guiana
    3. Mastering words: the Jamestown colonists and John Smith
    4. The 'great prose epic': Hakluyt's Voyages
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Mary C. Fuller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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