Black Lives in the English Archives, 1500–1677: Imprints of the Invisible

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Routledge, May 15, 2017 - Literary Criticism - 432 pages
Containing an urgently needed archival database of historical evidence, this volume includes both a consolidated presentation of the documentary records of black people in Tudor and Stuart England, and an interpretive narrative that confirms and significantly extends the insights of current theoretical excursus on race in early modern England. Here for the first time Imtiaz Habib collects the scattered references to black people-whether from Africa, India or America-in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England, and arranges them into a systematic, chronological descriptive index. He offers an extended historical and theoretical interpretation of the records in six chapters, which serve as an introductory guide to the index even as they articulate a specific argument about the meaning of the records. Both the archival information and interpretive scholarship provide a strong framework from which future historical debates on race in early modern England can proceed.
 

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Contents

List of Figures and Tables
The Missing Black Subject
Early Tudor Black Records The Mixed Beginnings of
Elizabethan London Black Records The Writing
Black Records of SeventeenthCentury London A Benign
Black People outside London 15581677 The Provincial
Indians and Others The Protocolonial Dream
Afterword
Chronological Index of Records of Black People 15001677
Works Cited
Index

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Imtiaz Habib is an Associate Professor of English at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA. His previous books include Shakespeare and Race: Postcolonial Praxis in the Early Modern Period (2000), and Shakespeare's Pluralistic Concepts of Character: A Study in Dramatic Anamorphism (1993).

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