By Jyotsna G. Singh
That includes twenty one newly-commissioned essays, A spouse to the worldwide Renaissance: English Literature and tradition within the period of Expansion demonstrates how modern globalization is the results of a posh and long ancient technique that had its roots in England's mercantile and cross-cultural interactions of the 16th and 17th centuries.
- An leading edge assortment that interrogates the worldwide paradigm of our interval and provides a brand new background of globalization by way of exploring its impacts on English tradition and literature of the early smooth period.
- Moves past conventional notions of Renaissance background commonly as a revival of antiquity and provides a brand new standpoint on England's mercantile and cross-cultural interactions with the hot and outdated Worlds of the Americas, Africa, and the East, in addition with Northern Europe.
- Illustrates how twentieth-century globalization was once the results of a long and complicated historic method associated with the emergence of capitalism and colonialism
- Explores very important issues corresponding to East-West family members and Islam; visible representations of cultural 'others'; gender and race struggles in the new economies and cultures; international drama at the cosmopolitan English level, and lots of more
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Yet, equally striking is the drama’s engagement with England’s expanding geographical, cultural, religious, and commercial horizons. Cosmopolitan London in the Renaissance is frequently described as a place with large numbers of foreigners and foreign commodities omnipresent in the city streets (Howard 2007, 19–23). Several earlier essays in this volume draw on plays such as Shakespeare’s Othello, Marlowe’s Tamburlaine plays, and Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday, among others, in order to show how they incorporated and engaged with global perspectives and processes: in terms of commerce, geography, cross-cultural encounters with foreigners, especially with Moors, Turks, and other Muslims, and involving complex race, gender, class, and sexual politics.
These globalist scholars tend to frame their investigations and arguments within larger historical narratives about class, colonialism, and gender. I am thinking here of studies like John Archer’s Old Worlds, Valerie Forman’s Tragicomic Redemptions, Barbara Fuchs’s Mimesis and Empire, Ania Loomba’s Shakespeare, Race, and Colonialism, Shannon Miller’s Invested with Meaning, Mark Netzloff’s Internal Empires, and Ivo Kamps and Jyotsna Singh’s collection Travel Knowledge, to name a few. Critics such as these are interested in the way that English culture changed as capitalism emerged, and they see English capitalism’s emergence as a phenomenon that is both domestic and global, part of a “global system” that connects England (and Britain) to the rest of the world.
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