Global Traffic

Discourses and Practices of Trade in English Literature and Culture from 1550 to 1700

  • Barbara Sebek
  • Stephen Deng

Part of the Early Modern Cultural Studies book series (EMCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Global Traffic: An Introduction

    1. Barbara Sebek
      Pages 1-15
  3. Emergent Epistemologies of Trade

  4. Transforming Home through Trade

  5. Trade and the Interests of State

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 275-287

About this book


This remarkable collection investigates the relations between literature and the economy in the context of the unprecedented expansion of early modern England s long distance trade. Studying a range of genres and writers, both familiar and lesser known, the essays offer a new history of globalization as a complex of unevenly developing cultural, discursive, and economic phenomena. While focusing on how long distance trade contributed to England s economic growth and cultural transformation, the collection taps into scholarly interest in race, gender, travel and exploration, domesticity, mapping, the state and emergent nationalism, and proto-colonialism in the early modern period.


culture discourse Early Modern English early modern period East India Company economy empire England English English literature ethics ideology literature Ottoman Empire seventeenth century

Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Sebek
    • 1
  • Stephen Deng
    • 2
  1. 1.Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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