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Transculturalisms, 1400-1700


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This series presents studies of the early modern contacts and exchanges among the states, polities and entrepreneurial organizations of Europe; Asia, including the Levant and East India/Indies; Africa; and the Americas. Books investigate travellers, merchants and cultural inventors, including explorers, mapmakers, artists and writers, as they operated in political, mercantile, sexual and linguistic economies. We encourage authors to reflect on their own methodologies in relation to issues and theories relevant to the study of transculturism/translation and transnationalism. We are particularly interested in work on and from the perspective of the Asians, Africans, and Americans involved in these interactions, and on such topics as:

-Material exchanges, including textiles, paper and printing, and technologies of knowledge

-Movements of bodies: embassies, voyagers, piracy, enslavement

-Travel writing: its purposes, practices, forms and effects on writing in other genres

-Belief systems: religions, philosophies, sciences

-Translations: verbal, artistic, philosophical

-Forms of transnational violence and its representations.

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Aesthetic Hybridity in Mughal Painting, 1526–1658

Aesthetic Hybridity in Mughal Painting, 1526–1658

1st Edition

By Valerie Gonzalez
June 30, 2020

The first specialized critical-aesthetic study to be published on the concept of hybridity in early Mughal painting, this book investigates the workings of the diverse creative forces that led to the formation of a unique Mughal pictorial language. Mughal pictoriality distinguishes itself from the ...

Beyond Spain's Borders Women Players in Early Modern National Theaters

Beyond Spain's Borders: Women Players in Early Modern National Theaters

1st Edition

Edited By Anne J. Cruz, Maria Cristina Quintero
January 17, 2019

The prolific theatrical activity that abounded on the stages of early modern Europe demonstrates that drama was a genre that transcended national borders. The transnational character of early modern theater reflects the rich admixture of various dramatic traditions, such as Spain’s comedia and ...

Literatures of Exile in the English Revolution and its Aftermath, 1640-1690

Literatures of Exile in the English Revolution and its Aftermath, 1640-1690

1st Edition

By a foreword by Lisa Jardine, Philip Major
September 10, 2018

Original and thought-provoking, this collection sheds new light on an important yet understudied feature of seventeenth-century England's political and cultural landscape: exile. Through an essentially literary lens, exile is examined both as physical departure from England-to France, Germany, the ...

The Spanish Presence in Sixteenth-Century Italy Images of Iberia

The Spanish Presence in Sixteenth-Century Italy: Images of Iberia

1st Edition

Edited By Piers Baker-Bates, Miles Pattenden
February 06, 2018

The sixteenth century was a critical period both for Spain’s formation and for the imperial dominance of her Crown. Spanish monarchs ruled far and wide, spreading agents and culture across Europe and the wider world. Yet in Italy they encountered another culture whose achievements were even prouder...

The Turk and Islam in the Western Eye, 1450–1750 Visual Imagery before Orientalism

The Turk and Islam in the Western Eye, 1450–1750: Visual Imagery before Orientalism

1st Edition

Edited By James G. Harper
August 07, 2017

Unprecedented in its range - extending from Venice to the New World and from the Holy Roman Empire to the Ottoman Empire - this collection probes the place that the Ottoman Turks occupied in the Western imaginaire, and the ways in which this occupation expressed itself in the visual arts. ...

Early Encounters between East Asia and Europe Telling Failures

Early Encounters between East Asia and Europe: Telling Failures

1st Edition

Edited By Ralf Hertel, Michael Keevak
July 11, 2017

While inquiries into early encounters between East Asia and the West have traditionally focused on successful interactions, this collection inquires into the many forms of failure, experienced on all sides, in the period before 1850. Countering a tendency in scholarship to overlook unsuccessful ...

Western Visions of the Far East in a Transpacific Age, 1522–1657

Western Visions of the Far East in a Transpacific Age, 1522–1657

1st Edition

Edited By Christina H. Lee
May 25, 2017

Bringing to bear the latest developments across various areas of research and disciplines, this collection provides a broad perspective on how Western Europe made sense of a complex, multi-faceted, and by and large Sino-centered East and Southeast Asia. The volume covers the transpacific period--...

Early Modern Catholics, Royalists, and Cosmopolitans English Transnationalism and the Christian Commonwealth

Early Modern Catholics, Royalists, and Cosmopolitans: English Transnationalism and the Christian Commonwealth

1st Edition

By Brian C. Lockey
May 24, 2017

Early Modern Catholics, Royalists, and Cosmopolitans considers how the marginalized perspective of 16th-century English Catholic exiles and 17th-century English royalist exiles helped to generate a form of cosmopolitanism that was rooted in contemporary religious and national identities but also ...

Jews in the Early Modern English Imagination A Scattered Nation

Jews in the Early Modern English Imagination: A Scattered Nation

1st Edition

By Eva Johanna Holmberg
May 22, 2017

Based on travel writings, religious history and popular literature, Jews in the Early Modern English Imagination explores the encounter between English travellers and the Jews. While literary and religious traditions created an image of Jews as untrustworthy, even sinister, travellers came to know ...

Early Modern Dynastic Marriages and Cultural Transfer

Early Modern Dynastic Marriages and Cultural Transfer

1st Edition

Edited By Joan-Lluis Palos, Magdalena S. Sanchez
December 16, 2015

Toward the end of the fifteenth century, the Habsburg family began to rely on dynastic marriage to unite an array of territories, eventually creating an empire as had not been seen in Europe since the Romans. Other European rulers followed the Habsburgs' lead in forging ties through dynastic ...

Glass Exchange between Europe and China, 1550–1800 Diplomatic, Mercantile and Technological Interactions

Glass Exchange between Europe and China, 1550–1800: Diplomatic, Mercantile and Technological Interactions

1st Edition

By Emily Byrne Curtis
March 31, 2017

In this study, Emily Byrne Curtis explores as her subject lenses, spectacles, aventurine glass, and windows found in China from the sixteenth century. She traces their technological development back to the glassworks in Murano, Venice, and explores their significance in terms of Venice's commerce ...

Military Ethos and Visual Culture in Post-Conquest Mexico

Military Ethos and Visual Culture in Post-Conquest Mexico

1st Edition

By Mónica Domínguez Torres
March 31, 2017

Bringing to bear her extensive knowledge of the cultures of Renaissance Europe and sixteenth-century Mexico, Mónica Domínguez Torres here investigates the significance of military images and symbols in post-Conquest Mexico. She shows how the 'conquest' in fact involved dynamic exchanges between ...

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