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


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 studies the lively interplay between popular romances and colonial narratives during a crucial period when the values of a redefined patriarchy converged with the motives of an expansionist economy. Joan Pong Linton argues that the emergent romance figure of the husband (subsuming the roles of soldier and merchant) embodies the ideal of productive masculinity with which Englishmen defined their identity in America, justifying their activities of piracy, trade and settlement. At the same time, colonial narratives, in putting this masculinity to the test, often contradict and raise doubts about the ideal, and these doubts prompt individual romances to a self-conscious reflection on English cultural assumptions and colonial motives. Hence 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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    'The most impressive aspect of this book is the depth of Linton's engagement with the historical materials. She also deserves a great deal of credit for bringing our attention to long neglected figures such as William Warner … Linton's use of primary historical sources is dizzyingly extensive in certain parts of this book, and her ability to see analogies and relationships between fiction and her historical sources is nothing short of brilliant.' Kritikon Litterarum

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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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