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Renaissance ethnography and the invention of the human : new worlds, maps and monsters

Author: Surekha Davies; Cambridge University Press,
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Series: Cambridge social and cultural histories, 24.
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"Giants, cannibals and other monsters were a regular feature of Renaissance illustrated maps, inhabiting the Americas alongside other indigenous peoples. In a new approach to views of distant peoples, Surekha Davies analyzes this archive alongside prints, costume books and geographical writing. Using sources from Iberia, France, the German lands, the Low Countries, Italy and England, Davies argues that mapmakers and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Maps
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Surekha Davies; Cambridge University Press,
ISBN: 9781107036673 1107036674
OCLC Number: 922913145
Description: xxiii, 353 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Renaissance maps and the concept of the human --
Climate, culture or kinship? Explaining human diversity c.1500 --
Atlantic empires, map workshops and Renaissance geographical culture --
Spit-roasts, barbecues and the invention of the Brazilian cannibal --
Trade, empires and propaganda: Brazilians on French maps in the age of Francois I and Henri II --
Monstrous ontology and environmental thinking: Patagonia's giants --
The epistemology of wonder: Amazons, headless men and mapping Guiana --
Civility, idolatry and cities in Mexico and Peru --
New sources, new genres and America's place in the world, 1590-1645 --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Cambridge social and cultural histories, 24.
Responsibility: Surekha Davies, Western Connecticut State University.
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Davies examines how Renaissance illustrated maps shaped ideas about peoples of the Americas, revealing relationships between civility, savagery and monstrosity.  Read more...

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