This study integrates Renaissance texts of classical and early
modern geography, cartography, and travel writing, and postmodern
theory, to challenge the long-standing tradition of Eastern
European space as a distant land of elsewhere and to demonstrate
how contemporary modes of geographic thinking influenced aspects of
English dramatic form. By examining the ways in which habits of
thought derived from these texts informed Renaissance ideas about
Eastern European space, this book shows how the threshold dividing
the symbolic and the real is traversed and imagined as traversable.
The study gives useful background on how Eastern European locations
would have signified as marginal to early modern English audiences.
Re-reading early modern texts ranging from geographic and travel
accounts to the early modern drama of Shakespeare and his
contemporaries, this study argues for a questioning and
perspectival dimension of early modern subjectivity as fashioned by
these texts, which emerges as enabling and compelling.
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