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1. Travel Knowledge: European "Discoveries" in the Early Modern Period.

Editors: Ivo Kamps and Jyotsna G Singh

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed edition (January 13, 2001)

Description: Travel Knowledge examines European travel writing from 1500-1800, with an emphasis on travel to the East Indies, Africa, and the Levant. The importance of travel literature has grown in the humanities as scholars plumb such texts for their insights on colonialism, the other, and the nation, but this is one of the first volumes on European travel in the early modern period. The essays further distinguish themselves by focusing not on the European discovery of the Americas, but on voyages to the east, and by allowing the voices of marginalized travelers to speak through history. This collection includes both critical essays and the primary texts to which they refer, a unique pairing.

 

2. Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: "Discoveries" of India in the Language of Colonialism

Author: Jyotsna G Singh

Publisher: Routledge, 1996 First Edition

Description: Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues demonstrates the continuing validity of the colonial paradigm as it maps the political, geographical, and imaginative space of ''India/Indies'' from the seventeenth century to the present. Breaking new ground in post-colonial studies, Jyotsna Singh highlights the interconnections between early modern colonial encounters, later manifestations in the Raj and their lingering influence in the postcolonial Indian state. Singh challenges the assumption of eye-witness accounts and unmediated experiences implicit in colonial representational practices, and often left unchallenged in the postcolonial era. Essential introductory reading for students and academics, Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues re-evaluates the following texts: seventeenth century travel narratives about India; eighteenth century ''nabob'' texts; letters of the Orientalist, Sir William Jones; East India Company petitions; and reviews of Shakespearean productions in colonial Calcutta and postcolonial Indo-Anglian novels.

 

3. The Weyward Sisters: Shakespeare and Feminist Politics

Authors: Dympna C. Callaghan, Lorraine Helms, Jyotsna Singh

Publisher: Blackwell Publishers; (October 1, 1994)

Description: In this fresh alternative to traditional Shakespeare studies, Dympna Callaghan, Lorraine Helms, and Jyotsna Singh address Shakespeare's works in terms of, amongst other things, the feminist history of sexuality, the ideology of romantic love, and feminist interventions in performance. Their objective is to produce new interpretations of the plays by locating them at the intersections of a range of contemporary critical, theoretical, and cultural practices. Drawing on cultural history, psychoanalysis, and performance, the authors provide a materialist feminist account of Shakespeare that attempts to expand the terrain of political approaches to the interpretation of Shakespeare. They write collaboratively, believing that through collaboration they begin to re-define scholarship as a communal enterprise rather than as an isolated, apolitical act.

 

4. A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion

Authors:Jyotsna Singh, Editor

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2009.

Description: In this book, 21 newly commissioned essays demonstrate how today's globalization is the result of a complex and lengthy historical process that had its roots in England's mercantile and cross-cultural interactions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

• An innovative collection that interrogates the global paradigm of our period and offers a new history of globalization by exploring its influences on English culture and literature of the early modern period.

• Moves beyond traditional notions of Renaissance history mainly as a revival of antiquity and presents a new perspective on England's mercantile and cross-cultural interactions with the New and Old Worlds of the Americas, Africa, and the East, as well with Northern Europe.

• Illustrates how twentieth-century globalization was the result of a lengthy and complex historical process linked to the emergence of capitalism and colonialism

• Explores vital topics such as East-West relations and Islam; visual representations of cultural 'others'; gender and race struggles within the new economies and cultures; global drama on the cosmopolitan English stage, and many more.

 

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