This Distracted Globe

This Distracted Globe

Marcie Frank, Jonathan Goldberg, and Karen Newman

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780823270286

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Abstract

Worldmaking takes many forms in early modern literature and thus challenges any single interpretive approach, including historicism. The essays in this collection investigate the material stuff of the world in Spenser, Cary and Marlowe; the sociable bonds of authorship, sexuality and sovereignty in Shakespeare and others; and the universal status of spirit, gender and empire in the worlds of Vaughan, Donne and the dastan (tale) of Chouboli, a Rajasthani princess. Together, these essays make the case that to address what it takes to make a world in the early modern period requires the kinds of thinking exemplified by theory.