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Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500–1700

Global Traffic

Discourses and Practices of Trade in English Literature and Culture from 1550 to 1700

Editors: Sebek, B., Deng, S. (Eds.)

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This remarkable collection investigates the relations between literature and the economy in the context of the unprecedented expansion of early modern England s long distance trade. Studying a range of genres and writers, both familiar and lesser known, the essays offer a new history of globalization as a complex of unevenly developing cultural, discursive, and economic phenomena. While focusing on how long distance trade contributed to England s economic growth and cultural transformation, the collection taps into scholarly interest in race, gender, travel and exploration, domesticity, mapping, the state and emergent nationalism, and proto-colonialism in the early modern period.

About the authors

Barbara Sebek is Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University, USA.
Stephen Deng is Assistant Professor of English at Michigan State University, USA.

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"We live in an age which has naturalized the global paradigm, while eliding differences between economic systems, social groups, and cultural practices. Global Traffic offers a brilliantly illuminating counterpoint to and interrogation of this paradigm by exploring the relations between early modern English mercantilism, capitalism, and cultural forms such as literature. This innovative and insightful collection is crucial to our understanding of English commercial expansion in the period in terms of both a world system and its local and specific manifestations." - Jyotsna Singh, Michigan State University

"Sebek and Deng's volume makes a major contribution to, and quietly transforms, the new economic criticism. Situating early modern England within emerging global networks of commercial and cultural exchange, this wonderfully diverse collection shows how the rise of international trade comprehensively transformed early modern English life at every level, impacting discursive systems and material practices from the state to the stage." - Jonathan Gil Harris, George Washington University


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Global Traffic: An Introduction

    Pages 1-15

    Sebek, Barbara

  • “The Common Market of All the World”: English Theater, the Global System, and the Ottoman Empire in the Early Modern Period

    Pages 19-37

    Vitkus, Daniel

  • “Ill Luck, Ill Luck?”: Risk and Hazard in The Merchant of Venice

    Pages 39-55

    Maclnnes, Ian

  • Salvation, Social Struggle, and the Ideology of the Company Merchant: Baptist Goodall’s The Tryall of Trauell (1630)

    Pages 57-76

    Morrow, David J.

  • The Panoramic View in Mercantile Thought: Or, a Merchant’s Map of Cymbeline

    Pages 77-94

    Ryner, Bradley D.

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Global Traffic
Book Subtitle
Discourses and Practices of Trade in English Literature and Culture from 1550 to 1700
Editors
  • B. Sebek
  • S. Deng
Series Title
Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500–1700
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Barbara Sebek and Stephen Deng
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-61181-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230611818
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-60473-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-37259-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 287
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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