© 2009

The English Renaissance, Orientalism, and the Idea of Asia

  • Editors
  • Debra Johanyak
  • Walter S. H. Lim

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Bernadette Andrea
    Pages 23-50
  3. Marion Hollings
    Pages 51-76
  4. James W. Stone
    Pages 97-114
  5. Bindu Malieckal
    Pages 131-159
  6. Gwee Li Sui
    Pages 161-183
  7. Pramod K. Nayar
    Pages 185-202
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 237-246

About this book


This unique collection of essays examines the complex significations of 'Asia' in the literary and cultural production of Early Modern England. Contributors come from a range of backgrounds to bring a range of perspectives to this topic.


John Milton Renaissance William Shakespeare

About the authors

DEBRA JOHANYAK Professor of English, University of Akron (Wayne College), USA.

WALTER S. H. LIM Associate Professor of English Literature, National University of Singapore.

Bibliographic information


"Tindispensableese essays offer an indispensible array of provocative and protoglobalistic readings of canonical English Renaissance texts that demonstrate how the idea of Asia shaped early modern English culture." - PLJ

"The essays in this eye-opening collection suggest not only that the Ottoman Empire, Mughal India, and China figured prominently in the early modern English imagination, but also that foundational works of the Renaissance literary canon emerged through an active engagement with the idea of Asia. By historicizing the production of Asia as a space of cultural alterity, the authors remind us powerfully that "the East" was never a stable category, but rather served as a productively mutable cultural token, steeped in the ambitions and anxieties of an island nation facing its first appearance on the world stage." - David Porter, University of Michigan and author of Ideographia: The Chinese Cipher in Early Modern Europe

"The English Renaissance, Orientalism, and the Idea of Asiaoffers diverse and richly illuminating essays; it adds historical depth and breadthto our understanding of Renaissance cultural formations in their orientalist engagements." - Jyotsna G. Singh, Professor, Michigan State University