Parution : New world encounters

New world encounters


  • Greenblatt, Stephen (1943-….). Éditeur scientifique

Stephen Greenblatt is The Class of 1932 Professor of English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Two of his publications, Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England and Representing the English Renaissance (of which he is the editor) are available in paperback from California. His most recent book is Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World (1991).

  • Stephen Greenblatt
  • Margarita Zamora
  • Inga Clendinnen
  • Rolena Adorno
  • Anthony Pagden
  • Sabine MacCormack
  • Frank Lestringant
  • David Damrosch
  • Sara Castro-Klarén
  • Louis Montrose
  • Mary C. Fuller
  • David Quint
  • Jeffrey Knapp
  • Luce Giard
  • Michel de Certeau

Résumé de l’éditeur

The five centuries which have passed since the discovery of the New World have not diminished the overwhelming importance or strangeness of the early encounter between Europeans and native Americans. This collection of essays offers a multidisciplinary approach to this meeting of cultures.

The discovery of the Indies, wrote Francisco Lopez de Gomara in 1552, was the greatest event since the creation of the world, excepting the Incarnation and Death of Him who created it. Five centuries have not diminished either the overwhelming importance or the strangeness of the early encounter between Europeans and American peoples. This collection of essays, encompassing history, literary criticism, art history and anthropology, offers a fresh approach to the momentous encounter.


  • Christopher Columbus’s “Letter to the Sovereigns”: announcing the discovery / Margarita Zamora
  • “Fierce and Unnatural Cruelty”: Cortes and the conquest of Mexico / Inga Clendinnen
  • The negotiation of fear in Cabeza de Vaca’s Naufragios / Rolena Adorno
  • Ius et Factum: text and experience in the writings of Bartolome de Las Casas / Anthony Pagden
  • Demons, imagination, and the Incas / Sabine MacCormack
  • The philosopher’s breviary: Jean de Lery in the enlightenment / Frank Lestringant
  • The aesthetics of conquest: Aztec poetry before and after Cortes / David Damrosch
  • Dancing and the sacred in the Andes: from the Taqui-Oncoy to Rasu-Niti / Sara Castro-Klaren
  • The work of gender in the discourse of discovery / Lois Montrose
  • Ralegh’s fugitive gold: reference and deferral in The Discoverie of Guiana / Mary C. Fuller
  • Voices of resistance: the epic curse and Camoes’s Adamastor / David Quint
  • Elizabethan tobacco / Jeffrey Knapp
  • Epilogue: Michel de Certeau’s heterology and the new world / Luce Giard
  • Travel narratives of the French to Brazil: sixteenth to eighteenth centuries / Michel De Certeau

Informations pratiques

  • Éditeur : Berkeley : University of California Press
  • Date de parution : 1993
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (XVIII-344 p.) : ill. ; 27 cm
  • Collection : (Representations books ; 6).
  • Réf. bibliogr. Index
  • ISBN 0-520-08020-3 (alk. paper). – 0-520-08021-1 (pbk. : alk.paper)


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Olivier Jacquot

Responsable de la coordination de la recherche > Délégation à la Stratégie et à la recherche > Bibliothèque nationale de France

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