Imperialisms: Historical and Literary Investigations, 1500-1900

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Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 29, 2004 - History - 294 pages
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Filling a major gap in historical, literary, and post-colonial scholarship, Imperialisms examines the identity statements of the world's major imperialisms in multiple theatres of competition over the course of four centuries. Filling a major gap in historical, literary, and post-colonial scholarship, Imperialisms examines early identity statements and nuances of dominance of the world's major imperialisms in various theatres of competition. Developed in collaboration with leading scholars in the field, this book balances historical essays and case studies, and encourages investigations of conversant and competing imperialisms, their practices, and rhetoric of self-justification. Europe (west and east), India, the New World, Africa, and the Far East are among the sites of imperialism featured here, which are analyzed in relation to intersecting debates on politics, religion, literature, nationalism, commerce, conversion, and race. Valuable for preliminary or advanced studies, Imperialisms provides multiple points of entry into and guidelines for a conversation both current and vigorous.

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Balachandra Rajan, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, has written six books on Milton, Yeats, Eliot, the unfinished poem, and the representation of India in imperial discourse. He has also published two novels. Professor Rajan is an Honored Scholar of the Milton Society and a fellow and medallist of the Royal Society of Canada.

Elizabeth Sauer, Professor of English, holds a Chancellor's Research Chair at Brock University, Canada. She has authored Barbarous Dissonance and Images of Voice in Milton's Epics (1996) and recently completed a monograph on early modern textual communities. She has co-edited multiple volumes on creative agonistics, print culture, women's literary history, religion and literature, and early imperialisms, including Milton and the Imperial Vision, with Balachandra Rajan (1999), winner of the Milton Society of America Irene Samuel Memorial Award.

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