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Early Modern Literature in History

Pirates? The Politics of Plunder, 1550-1650

Authors: Jowitt, Claire

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This book provides an insight to the cultural work involved in violence at sea in this period of maritime history. It is the first to consider how 'piracy' and representations of 'pirates' both shape and were shaped by political, social and religious debates, showing how attitudes to 'piracy' and violence at sea were debated between 1550 and 1650.

About the authors

JOHN APPLEBY Senior Lecturer in History, Liverpool Hope University College, UK MATTHEW DIMMOCK Lecturer in English, University of Sussex, UK CHRISTOPHER HARDING Professor of Law, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK MARK HUTCHINGS Lecturer in English, University of Reading, UK BERNHARD KLEIN Senior Lecturer in Literature, University of Essex, UK GERALD MACLEAN Professor of English, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA NABIL MATAR Professor of English and Department Head of Humanities and Communication, Florida Institute of Technology, USA LUCY MUNRO Lecturer in English, Keele University, UK MARK NETZLOFF Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

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'Pirates? The Politics of Plunder is a first-rate collection of essays on a perennially interesting topic. Drawing on a wide variety of source materials, the contributors explore how piracy was legally defined and culturally interpreted in the early modern period. Striking for its geographical and generic reach, the book explores texts as different as Portuguese epic, English drama, and narratives of North African Muslims enslaved by Christians. Fresh scholarship and lively writing make Pirates? The Politics of Plunder both an outstanding contribution to current scholarship and a pleasure to read.' - Professor Jean E. Howard, Columbia University, USA

'...this collection of essays not only cogently draws together some outstanding samples of current work on piracy and its representations during the early modern period but also offers a rich vein of new ideas and approaches for further research on this culturally eclectic and highly stimulating topic.' - Michael G. Brennan, Notes and Queries

'...the collection is exemplary for a productive dialogue between literary, historical and cultural approaches, all aiming to locate the questionable figure of the pirate and all based on careful tracing of its textual evidence.' - Tobias Döring, Journal for the Study of British Cultures

'This compact but wide-ranging collection of essays on early modern piracy in the East Atlantic and Mediterranean should appeal to students of history, literature and international law...this collection represents the vanguard of piracy studies.' - Kris Lane, The Mariner's Mirror


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: Pirates? The Politics of Plunder, 1550–1650

    Pages 3-19

    Jowitt, Claire

  • ‘Hostis Humani Generis’ — The Pirate as Outlaw in the Early Modern Law of the Sea

    Pages 20-38

    Harding, Christopher

  • The Problem of Piracy in Ireland, 1570–1630

    Pages 41-55

    Appleby, John C.

  • Piracy and Captivity in the Early Modern Mediterranean: The Perspective from Barbary

    Pages 56-73

    Matar, Nabil

  • Crusading Piracy? The Curious Case of the Spanish in the Channel, 1590–95

    Pages 74-89

    Dimmock, Matthew

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pirates? The Politics of Plunder, 1550-1650
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern Literature in History
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-62764-2
DOI
10.1057/9780230627642
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-00327-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-28093-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 244
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