Race and Rhetoric in the Renaissance : Barbarian Errors (Hardcover)

Author: Smith, Ian

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During the English Renaissance, the figure of the classical barbarian--identified by ineloquent speech that marked him as a cultural outsider--was recovered for stereotyping Africans. This book advances the idea that language, and not only color or religion, functioned as an important racial code. This study also reveals the way in which England''s strategic projection of a "barbarous" language was meant to enhance its own image at the expense of the early modern African. Ian Smith makes use of the sixteenth-century preoccupation with language rehabilitation to tell the larger story of an anxious nation redirecting attention away from its own marginal, minority status by racial scapegoating.


Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Mfg Part# 9780230620452
SKU 212204643
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0230620450
Release Date 11/24/2009
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0231
Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
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