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Early Modern English Literature and the Poetics of Cartographic Anxiety

Chris Barrett

Abstract

Though the Renaissance map—made newly accurate and newly ubiquitous by the Cartographic Revolution—delighted, inspired, and fascinated, it also unsettled, upset, and disturbed sixteenth- and seventeenth-century readers. Early Modern English Literature and the Poetics of Cartographic Anxiety is the first monograph to demonstrate how early modern anxieties about maps and map logics accompanied an early modern poetics of representational crisis. The book first considers the manifold ways that the cartographic provoked suspicion, unease, and even hostility in early modern Britain, and it highlight ... More

Keywords: cartography, anxiety, Edmund Spenser, Michael Drayton, John Milton, epic, early modern literature, representation, description, allegory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198816874
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198816874.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Barrett, author
Assistant Professor of English, Louisiana State University