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Things of Darkness Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England by Kim F. Hall

Things of Darkness Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England


Things of Darkness Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England by Kim F. Hall

The Ethiope, the tawny Tartar, the woman blackamoore, and knotty Africanisms - allusions to blackness abound in Renaissance texts. Kim F. Hall's book is the first to view these evocations of blackness in the contexts of sexual politics, imperialism, and slavery in early modern England. Her work reveals the vital link between England's expansion into realms of difference and otherness - through exploration and colonialism - and the highly charged ideas of race and gender which emerged. Concentrati on the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Hall shows how race, sexuality, economics, and nationalism contributed to the formation of a modern (white, male) identity in English culture. The volume includes a useful appendix of not readily accessible Renaissance poems on blackness.

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Publication date

14th December 1995


Kim F. Hall

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Cornell University Press


312 pages


Literary essays
Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800



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