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Mimesis and Empire : The New World, Islam, and European Identities - Barbara Fucha

Mimesis and Empire

The New World, Islam, and European Identities

Hardcover Published: 3rd September 2001
ISBN: 9780521801027
Number Of Pages: 228

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As powerful, pointed imitation, cultural mimesis can effect inclusion in a polity, threaten state legitimacy, or undo the originality upon which such legitimacy is based. In Mimesis and Empire Barbara Fuchs explores the intricate dynamics of imitation and contradistinction among early modern European powers in literary and historiographical texts from sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Spain, Italy, England, and the New World. The book considers a broad sweep of material, including European representations of New World subjects and of Islam, both portrayed as 'other' in contemporary texts. It supplements the transatlantic perspective on early modern imperialism with an awareness of the situation in the Mediterranean and considers problems of reading and literary transmission; imperial ideology and colonial identities; counterfeits and forgery; and piracy.

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'Fuchs reads many of her texts with probing insight and imagination, and the breadth of her knowledge is very impressive.' Renaissance Quarterly 'Fuchs is an astute and imaginative reader of texts. Her emphasis on the circulation of 'counterfeited' identities ... alone, is refreshing.' Itinerario 'Recovering that sense of the self-evident importance of Islam to early modern Europe is a valuable project. Barbara Fuch's significant contribution to that begins as a corrective to recent writings on early modern colonialism; she rightly insists that European imperialism, and European identities, be seen not only in relation to the example of Rome, but also to Islam.' Sixteenth Century Journal 'An intelligent and balanced book - and a necessary eye-opener on the triangulation of Europe, the Mediterranean and America in the early modern period.' Seventeenth Century News

Truth, fictions, and the New World
Literary loyalties, imperial betrayals
Lettered subjects
Virtual Spaniards
Faithless empires
Pirating Spain
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ISBN: 9780521801027
ISBN-10: 0521801028
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 3rd September 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.5