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Palgrave Macmillan


Writing the "Indian" in Early Modern England

ISBN 9781137090768
Publication Date May 2012
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Signs of Race

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Europeans invented 'Indians' and populated the world, west and east, with them. Indography: Writing the 'Indian' in Early Modern England considers the ethnographic and racializing practices that were the hallmark of English global 'knowledges' post-Columbus. In a series of essays that tease out the affinities and discontinuities between the production of western and eastern 'Indians' in English travel writing, medical treatises, literature and drama, the volume's contributors show how early modern purveyors of Indography saw bodies and identities as translatable, susceptible not just to cross-cultural interpretation but also to protean movement and change.

JONATHAN GILL HARRIS Professor and director of the Graduate Studies Department of English at George Washington University, USA.

Introduction: Forms of Indography; J.G.Harris
How To Make an Indian: Religion, Trade, and Translation in the Legends of Mõnçaide and Gaspar da Gama; B.Malieckal
Looking for Loss, Anticipating Absence: Imagining Indians in the Archives and Depictions of Roanoke's Lost Colony; G.Caison
From First Encounter to 'Fiery Oven': The Effacement of the New England Indian in Mourt's Relation and Histories of the Pequot War; T.Cartelli
Trafficking in Tangomóckomindge: Ethnographic Materials in Harriot's A Briefe and True Report; K.Boettcher
Translation and Identity in the Dialogues in the English and Malaiane Languages; M.Walter
Playing Indian: John Smith, Pocahontas, and a Dialogue about a Chain of Pearl; K.Robertson
Tobacco, Union, and The Indianized English; C.Rustici
Sick Ethnography: Recording the Indian and the Ill English Body; J.G.Harris
Spenser's 'Men of Inde': Mythologizing the Indian through the Genealogy of Faeries; M.Hollings
From Lunacy to Faith: Orlando's Own Private India in Robert Greene's Orlando Furioso; J.W.Stone
'Enter Orlando with a scarf before his face': Indians, Moors, and the Properties of Racial Transformation in Robert Greene's The Historie of Orlando Furioso; G.Hollis
'Does this become you, Princess?': East Indian Ethopoetics in John Fletcher's The Island Princess; J.Tran
Playing an Indian Queen: Neoplatonism, Ethnography, and The Temple of Love; A.Sen
Made in India: How Meriton Latroon Became an Englishman; C.Nocentelli
'A Well-Born Race': Aphra Behn's The Widow Ranter; or, The History of Bacon in Virginia and the Place of Proximity; S.Eaton
Afterword: Naming and Un-naming 'all the Indies': How India Became Hindustan; J.G.Singh


"The geographic miscalculation that persuaded Columbus to identify the New World as part of 'India' is at once so gross and so familiar that its imaginative consequences have never seemed to deserve serious consideration. The brilliant tessellation of essays that make up Indography show how mistaken that neglect has been. By opening a fascinating variety of perspectives on the many 'Indias' of the Renaissance imaginary, Gil Harris and his contributors promise to transform our understanding of early modern ethnography and its relation to the discourses of trade and empire." - Michael Neill, emeritus professor of English, University of Auckland
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