Academic journal article Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies

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Academic journal article Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies

Introduction

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In this summer issue of JEMCS, we are pleased to be publishing five innova- tive essays on early modern culture and three excellent reviews of recently published books. These essays and reviews exhibit and discuss a range of ap- proaches and subject matter, exemplifying the rich variety that characterizes early modern studies today. They reach out, from Baghdad to Brazil, to indi- cate and analyze a range of cultural locations and exchanges.

Three of the articles that appear in this issue explore and transgress the boundaries that often divide national literary traditions. Jonathan Burton, in his article on "Christopher Sly's Arabian Night," offers a contrapuntal reading that demonstrates the uncanny resonance between the framing device in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and one of the tales from The Arabian Nights, "The Sleeper and the Waker." In an essay that deploys Derridean the- ory and the perspective of animal studies, "Bien Manger, Bien Mangé: Edible Reciprocity in Jean de Léry's Histoire d'un Voyage Faict en la Terre du Brésil," Sophia Magnone analyzes a travel narrative written by a French Protestant about his experience in Brazil among the Tupinamba people. Sarah Connell's article, "The Poetics and Politics of Legend: Geoffrey Keating's Foras Feasa ar Éirinn and the Invention of Irish History," shows how an indigenous Irish his- toriography emerged as a Celtic, homegrown alternative, drawing on Ireland 's ancient sources, to the history-writing about Ireland produced by colonialist writers from England or Wales.

The other two articles published here both deal with occult practices that were staged in the Jacobean period, and in doing so they provide new interpre- tations of important texts by two prominent authors from that era, Ben Jonson and John Webster. …

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