The Isle of Pines, 1668 : Henry Neville's uncertain utopia

John Scheckter

A short fiction of shipwreck and discovery written by the politician Henry Neville (1620-1694), "The Isle of Pines" is only beginning to draw critical attention, and until now no scholarly edition of the work has appeared. In the first full-length study of "The Isle of Pines", supported by the first fully critical edition, John Scheckter discloses how Neville's work offers a critique of scientific discourse, enacts complicated engagements of race and gender, and interrogates the methods and consequences of European exploration. The volume offers a new critical model for applying post-colonial and postmodern examination strategies to an early modern work. Scheckter argues that the structure and publication history of the fiction, with its separate, unreliable narrators, along with its several topics - shipwreck survival, the founding of a new society, the initial phases of European colonization - are imbued with the sense of uncertainty that permeated the era.

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  • Preface: into the long boat
  • Introduction the Queen's Royal Licence: proceeding from a footnote
  • The Isle of Pines: a critical text
  • Which copy hereafter followeth: editions and procedures
  • If hereafter any should come and find them out: translations, paratexts, and ghosts
  • I shall enquire more particularly: veracity, uncertainty, and narrative structure
  • A great help to one another: gender, race, and the new society
  • The country being thus settled: the development of indigenous culture
  • The stange effects of powder: Anglo-idigenes and the European encounter
  • Appendices
  • Works cited
  • Index.

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書名 The Isle of Pines, 1668 : Henry Neville's uncertain utopia
著作者等 Neville, Henry
Scheckter, John
出版元 Ashgate
刊行年月 c2011
ページ数 xvii, 222 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9781409435846
NCID BB08839313
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス