Publication of the book ‘Eastern Resonances in Early Modern England: Receptions and Transformations from the Renaissance to the Romantic Period’

“As with any long-term project, this volume resonates with multiple presences, by all the colleagues, friends, and institutions giving us the start or helping us along the way. Our chief thanks go to two wonderfully supportive research centres, IRCL (UMR 5186, University of Montpellier 3) and LARCA (UMR 8225, University of Paris Diderot), which generously helped us organize the “Eastern Resonances” series of conferences in which this book project first originated. LARCA further financed the reproduction of several images used in this volume.
As we moved from the conference frame towards a volume of essays, some collaborators left and others joined, but their contributions were all valuable to the final outcome, and we are grateful to all. We particularly wish to thank Jean-Marie Fournier who was our co-organizer for the conferences, and remember with deep emotion the late Robert Mankin, who hosted one of our events at the Fondation Deutsche de la Meurthe at the Cité Universitaire in Paris.”

Claire Gallien and Ladan Niayesh (eds.)
Eastern Resonances in Early Modern England: Receptions and Transformations from the Renaissance to the Romantic Period
‘New Transculturalisms 1400-1800’ Series, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. 208 pages.
ISBN 978-3-030-22924-5.
Hardcover 103,99 euros, eBook 59,49 euros.

Publisher website : https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030229245

The concept of resonance collapses the binary between subject and object, perceiver and perceived, evoking a sound or image that is prolonged and augmented by making contact with another surface. This collection uses resonance as an innovative framework for understanding the circulation of people and objects between England and its multiple Asian Easts.

Moving beyond Saidian Orientalism to engage with ongoing critical conversations in the fields of connected history, material culture, and thing theory, it offers a vibrant range of case studies that consider how meanings accrue and shift through circulation and interconnection from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century. Spanning centuries of traveling translations, narratives, myths, practices, and other cultural phenomena, Eastern Resonances in Early Modern England puts forth resonance not just as a metaphor, but a mode of investigation.

 

 

 

Table of contents

Acknowledgements
1. Introduction (Claire Gallien, Ladan Niayesh) 1-14
2. “Not fit for any other pursuit”: Shifting Places, Shifting Identities in Ludovico di Varthema’s Itinerario (Supriya Chaudhuri) 17-34
3. “A Pattern to all Princes”: Locating the Queen of Sheba (Matthew Dimmock) 35-50
4. “Endued with a natural disposition to resonance and sympathy”: “Harmonious” Jones’s Intimate Reading and Cultural Translation of India (Michael J. Franklin) 51-71
5. Ancient Persia, Early Modern England, and the Labours of “Reception” (Jane Grogan) 75-92
6. “Enthusiastick” Uses of an Oriental Tale: The English Translations of Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy Ibn Yaqdhan in the Eighteenth Century (Louisiane Ferlier, Claire Gallien) 93-114
7. The Manchu Invasion of Britain: Nomadic Resonances in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Chinoiserie Aesthetics, and Material Culture (Laurence Williams) 115-135
8. From Jehol to Stowe: Ornamental Orientalism and the Aesthetics of the Anglo-Chinese Garden (Vanessa Alayrac-Fielding) 139-162
9. “A Mart for Everything”: Commercial Empire and India as Bazaar in the Long Eighteenth Century (Diego Saglia) 163-181
10. Collecting in India and Transferring to Britain, or the Intertwined Lives of Indian Statues and Colonial Administrators (Late Eighteenth Century to Early Nineteenth Century) (Anne-Julie Etter) 183-199