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Literature, Mapping, and the Politics of Space in Early Modern Britain - Andrew Gordon

Literature, Mapping, and the Politics of Space in Early Modern Britain

By: Andrew Gordon (Editor), Professor Bernhard Klein (Editor)

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Published: 28th January 2011
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Mapping has become a key term in current critical discourse, describing a particular cognitive mode of gaining control over the world, of synthesising cultural and geographical information, and of successfully navigating both physical and mental space. In this 2001 collection, an international team of renaissance scholars analyses the material practice behind this semiotic concept. By examining map-driven changes in gender identities, body conception, military practices, political structures, national imaginings and imperial aspirations, the essays in this volume expose the multi-layered investments of historical 'paper landscapes' in the politics of space. Ranging widely across visual and textual artifacts implicated in the culture of mapping, from the literature of Shakespeare, Spenser, Marlowe and Jonson, to representations of body, city, nation and empire, Literature, Mapping, and the Politics of Space argues for a thorough re-evaluation of the impact of cartography on the shaping of social and political identities in early modern Britain.

"No doubt this volume, which vividly demonstrates the link between the spatial and the social, will encourage more work on the topic, for these essays show interdisciplinary work, a variety of approaches, and a breadth of material to explore...[a] fascinating volume." Sixteenth Century Journal

List of illustrations
Preface
Notes on contributors
Introduction
Contested Spaces
Absorption and representation: mapping England in the early modern House of Commons
A map of Greater Cambria
Britannia rules the waves?: images of Empire in Elizabethan England
Performing London: the map and the city in ceremony
Visible bodies: cartography and anatomy
Literature and Landscape
The scene of cartography in King Lear
Unlawful presences: the politics of military space and the problem of women in Tamburlaine
Marginal waters: Pericles and the idea of jurisdiction
'On the famous voyage': Ben Jonson and civic space
Imaginary journeys: Spenser, Drayton, and the poetics of national space
Do real knights need maps? Charting moral, geographical and representational uncertainty in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene Joanne
Epilogue
The folly of maps and modernity Richard Helgerson
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521169431
ISBN-10: 0521169437
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 28th January 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.43