Writing Race Across the Atlantic World

Medieval to Modern

  • Editors
  • Philip D. Beidler
  • Gary Taylor

Part of the Signs of Race book series (SOR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: E Pluribus Verum

    1. Philip D. Beidler, Gary Taylor
      Pages 1-6
  3. Native Europeans and Native Americans

  4. Slavery and Race

  5. Race and Culture

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 187-194

About this book


This collection of original essays explores the origins of contemporary notions of race in the oceanic interculture of the Atlantic world in the early modern period. In doing so, it breaks down institutional boundaries between 'American' and 'British' literature in this early period, as well as between 'history' and 'literature'. Individual essays address the ways in which categories of 'race' - black brown, red and white, African American and Afro-Caribbean, Spanish and Jewish, English and Celtic, native American and Northern European, creole and mestizo - were constructed or adapted by early modern writers. The collection brings together a top collection of historians and literary critics specializing in early modern Britain and early America.


America Britain early modern period England English literature Europe Great Britain history Judaism Middle Ages

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