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Writing Captivity in the Early Modern Atlantic
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Writing Captivity in the Early Modern Atlantic: Circulations of Knowledge and Authority in the Iberian and English Imperial Worlds

Lisa Voigt


Drawing on texts written by and about European and Euro-American captives in a variety of languages and genres, this book explores the role of captivity in the production of knowledge, identity, and authority in the early modern imperial world. The practice of captivity attests to the violence that infused relations between peoples of different faiths and cultures in an age of extraordinary religious divisiveness and imperial ambitions. As the book demonstrates, however, tales of Christian captives among Muslims, Amerindians, and hostile European nations were not only exploited in order to emp ... More

Keywords: imperial world, captivity, religious divisiveness, imperial ambitions, Christian captives, early modern discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807831991
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807838747_Knott


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Voigt, author