The Far East and the English Imagination, 1600-1730 by Robert MarkleyThe Far East and the English Imagination, 1600-1730 by Robert Markley

The Far East and the English Imagination, 1600-1730

byRobert Markley

Paperback | December 28, 2009

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In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries China, Japan and the Spice Islands dazzled the English imagination as insatiable markets for European goods, and as vast, inexhaustible storehouses of spices and luxury wares. Robert Markley explores the significance of attitudes to the wealth and power of East Asia in rethinking conceptions of national and personal identity in seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century English literature. Alongside works by canonical English authors, this study examines the writings of Jesuit missionaries, Dutch merchants, and English and continental geographers, who directly contended with the challenges that China and Japan posed to visions of western cultural and technological superiority. Questioning conventional Eurocentric histories, in this 2006 book Markley examines the ways in which the writings of Milton, Dryden, Defoe and Swift deal with the complexities of a world in which England was marginalised and which, until 1800, was dominated - economically at least - by the empires of the Far East.
Title:The Far East and the English Imagination, 1600-1730Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:December 28, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521126959

ISBN - 13:9780521126953


Table of Contents

Introduction: British literature of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties; 1. The Far East, the East India Company, and the English imagination; 2. China and the limits of Eurocentric history: Milton, the Jesuits, and the Jews of Kaifeng; 3. 'Prudently present your regular tribute': civility, ceremony, and European rivalry in Qing China; 4. Heroic merchants: trade, nationalism, and abjection in Dryden's Amboyna; 5. 'I have now done with my island, and all manner of discourse about it': Crusoe's Farther Adventures in the far east; 6. 'So inexhaustible a treasure of gold': Defoe, credit, and the romance of the South Seas; 7. Gulliver, the Japanese, and the fantasy of European abjection; Epilogue; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"Mr. Markley examines text which deploy "compensatory strategies to deal with Europe's marginalization in a global economy dominated by the empires of the Far East." About halfway through this densely packed study (which, with two hundred-some primary sources and a twenty-four-page secondary bibliography, often test a reader's stamina), Mr. Markley offers a welcome summary of his argument..." --Tara Ghoshal Wallace, George Washington University, The Scriblerian