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Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture : Before Orientalism: London's Theatre of the East, 1576-1626 Series Number 45 - Richmond Barbour

Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

Before Orientalism: London's Theatre of the East, 1576-1626 Series Number 45

Paperback Published: 15th October 2009
ISBN: 9780521121491
Number Of Pages: 256

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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.

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Review of the hardback: 'Barbour's narrative is always elegant and his analysis shrewd and erudite. ... The book is liberally illustrated throughout and provides pictorial indices to the construction of the Orient in the imagination. It is a welcome book in the Cambridge series Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture, and it opens up new terrain for Orientalist studies that rarely go back further than the eighteenth century.' Journal of Theatre Research International
Review of the hardback: 'Before Orientalism contributes to a growing body of scholarship that helps us re-think early English encounters with the East, and by doing so, better understand the early colonial period.' Journal of Colonialism and Coloniam History
"Barbour's work is an important contribution to colonial discourse analysis and the (orientalized?) cultural history of the early modern period." Sixteenth Century Journal

Prelude: the cultural logistics of England's Eastern initiative
Staging 'the East' in England:
'The glorious empire of the Turks, the present terrour of the world'
Exotic persuasions in the playhouse: Tamburlaine the Great
Antony and Cleopatra
Imperial poetics in royal and civic spectacle
Interlude: imaging home and travel
Inaugural Scenes in the Eastern Theatre:
Thomas Coryate and the invention of tourism
Sir Thomas Roe and the embassy to India, 1615-รด1619
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ISBN: 9780521121491
ISBN-10: 0521121493
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 15th October 2009
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.38

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