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New Transculturalisms, 1400–1800

Greece in Early English Travel Writing, 1596–1682

Authors: Mitsi, Efterpi

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  • Fills a gap in scholarship on the role of Greece in English connections to the Ottoman Empire
  • Explores representations of seventeenth-century Greece as both an antique land and as part of the polycultural Mediterranean and a space of transcultural contact
  • Contributes to the growing body of literature on Hellenism and travel writing
  • Appeals to scholars of early modern English literature, comparative literature, Hellenic studies, and travel writing
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About this book

This book examines the letters, diaries, and published accounts of English and Scottish travelers to Greece in the seventeenth century, a time of growing interest in ancient texts and the Ottoman Empire. Through these early encounters, this book analyzes the travelers’ construction of Greece in the early modern Mediterranean world and shows how travel became a means of collecting and disseminating knowledge about ancient sites. Focusing on the mobility and exchange of people, artifacts, texts, and opinions between the two countries, it argues that the presence of Britons in Greece and of Greeks in England aroused interest not only in Hellenic antiquity, but also in Greece’s contemporary geopolitical role. Exploring myth, perception, and trope with clarity and precision, this book offers new insight into the connections between Greece, the Ottoman Empire, and the West.

About the authors

Efterpi Mitsi is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

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“In this important book, Efterpi Mitsi considers in detail for the first time how early modern English and Scottish travel writers ‘deformed’ the country whose culture formed them. In the process she exposes the curiously fragmented vision with which they scrutinized Greece through the lens of antiquity, yet with an eye to present and future possibilities. Mitsi’s monograph makes a major contribution to our understanding of what she calls the ‘troubled genre’ of travel writing in the seventeenth century.” (Robert Maslen, Senior Lecturer, English Literature School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, Scotland)

“Efterpi Mitsi's Greece in Early English Travel Writing, 1596–1682 makes a key critical contribution not only to our growing knowledge of Renaissance travel writing, but it also urges us to nuance even further our understanding of the Ottoman empire and the complexity of its relations with early modern Europe.” (Andrew Hiscock, Bangor University, Wales, and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow, Montpellier III, France)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Mitsi, Efterpi

    Pages 1-15

  • Angell in Oxford: The Travails of a Greek Monk in Seventeenth-Century England

    Mitsi, Efterpi

    Pages 17-41

  • The “Fruit of Travell”: Fynes Moryson and Thomas Dallam in the Greek Islands

    Mitsi, Efterpi

    Pages 43-86

  • “A Revelation of Time”: Translating Greece in George Sandys’ Relation of a Journey

    Mitsi, Efterpi

    Pages 87-118

  • “Fensed with Experience and Garnished with Truth”: Experience and Invention in William Lithgow’s Greek Journey

    Mitsi, Efterpi

    Pages 119-150

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-62611-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-87354-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Greece in Early English Travel Writing, 1596–1682
Authors
Series Title
New Transculturalisms, 1400–1800
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62612-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62612-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62611-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87354-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 206
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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