Maps and the Writing of Space in Early Modern England and by B. Klein

By B. Klein

Maps make the realm obvious, yet in addition they imprecise, distort, and idealize. This wide-ranging examine lines the impression of cartography at the altering cultural meanings of area. Combining cartographic historical past with an important cultural reports and literary research, this booklet examines the development of social and political house in maps, in cosmography and geography, in ancient and political writing, and in he literary works of Marlowe. Shakespeare, Spenser, and Drayton.

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The Cosmography was an immensely popular book and remained in print until 162841 – longer, in fact, than the Theatrum, though Ortelius’ work was of course succeeded by the larger and more elaborate atlases of Mercator, Hondius, and the Visscher and Blaeu printing dynasties. I do not mean to say that Münster should be rated higher on the scale of geographical importance than Ortelius, merely suggest that the Cosmography’s lasting attraction may well be linked to its absorption of the modern Ortelian sense of global space.

Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-15 18 ful man ignores the request of a powerless woman. Zenocrate is treated as little more than a spoil of war who, in the later course of the play, is eventually married off to Tamburlaine against the backdrop of a ruined Damascus. Military and sexual triumph coincide to confirm the dominance of patriarchal power. Second, the scene is marked by a discourse of class: Zenocrate is a princess, daughter of a king; Tamburlaine a lowly shepherd, whose rise to power mocks the ‘natural’ order of traditional social hierarchies.

But the whole project, I want to maintain, partakes of the same conceptual thinking that provoked the map change in Münster. Ortelius’ preface suggests as much: linking history to geography, as is customarily done in the period, he points to the problems a lack of geographical proficiency might cause in historical study. 42 The historical terrain charted here is one of male travel and exploration, of ‘expeditions and voyages’ suggestive of a dynamic, flexible sphere of ceaseless geographic expansion, shaped by the penetrating forays of travelling men into yielding, amorphous space.

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