Premodern Places: Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 13, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 342 pages
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This book recovers places appearing in the mental mapping ofmedieval and Renaissance writers, from Chaucer to Aphra Behn.

  • A highly original work, which recovers the places that figurepowerfully in premodern imagining.
  • Recreates places that appear in the works of Langland, Chaucer,Dante, Petrarch, Spenser, Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, and manyothers.
  • Begins with Calais – peopled by the English from 1347 to1558 and ends with Surinam – traded for Manhattan by theEnglish in 1667.
  • Other particular locations discussed include Flanders,Somerset, Genoa, and the Fortunate Islands (Canary Islands).
  • Includes fascinating anecdotes, such as the story of an Englishmerchant learning love songs in Calais.
  • Provides insights into major historical narratives, such asrace and slavery in Renaissance Europe.
  • Crosses the traditional divide between the medieval andRenaissance periods.
  

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Review: Premodern Places: Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn

User Review  - Jeffrey - Goodreads

Just reread this one in its entirety. Why don't more people cite this book? A genre-bending multitemporal densely occupied tour of premodern places. Well written ... and if not as self-conscious as I would have liked, still a book that experiments and invents. Read full review

Review: Premodern Places: Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn

User Review  - Jeffrey - Goodreads

Just reread this one in its entirety. Why don't more people cite this book? A genre-bending multitemporal densely occupied tour of premodern places. Well written ... and if not as self-conscious as I would have liked, still a book that experiments and invents. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 At Calais Gate
22
2 In Flaundres
91
3 Dante in Somerset
139
4 Genoa
181
5 Canaries The Fortunate Islands
203
6 Surinam
239
Acknowledgments
303
Index
306
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About the author (2004)

David Wallace is Judith Rodin Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. He has traveled extensively, exploring the importance of place both for print and documentary radio.

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