Writing the “Indian” in Early Modern England

  • Editors
  • Jonathan Gil Harris

Part of the Signs of Race book series (SOR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Jonathan Gil Harris
      Pages 1-20
  3. Indology: Discovery, Ethnography, Pathology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Bindu Malieckal
      Pages 23-42
    3. Gina Caison
      Pages 43-56
    4. Thomas Cartelli
      Pages 57-70
    5. Kevin Boettcher
      Pages 71-83
    6. Karen Robertson
      Pages 105-115
    7. Craig Rustici
      Pages 117-131
    8. Jonathan Gil Harris
      Pages 133-147
  4. Indopoesis: Poetry, Drama, Romance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Marion Hollings
      Pages 151-168
    3. James W. Stone
      Pages 169-181
    4. Jeanette N. Tran
      Pages 197-207
    5. Amrita Sen
      Pages 209-222
    6. Carmen Nocentelli
      Pages 223-234
    7. Sara Eaton
      Pages 235-248
    8. Jyotsna G. Singh
      Pages 249-255
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 257-271

About this book


In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Europeans invented 'Indians' and populated the world with them. The global history of the term 'Indian' remains largely unwritten and this volume, taking its cue from Shakespeare, asks us to consider the proximities and distances between various early modern discourses of the Indian. Through new analysis of English travel writing, medical treatises, literature, and drama, contributors seek not just to recover unexpected counter-histories but to put pressure on the ways in which we understand race, foreign bodies, and identity in a globalizing age that has still not shed deeply ingrained imperialist habits of marking difference.


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