Orientalism, medievalism, colonialism, and militarized mercantilism

Davis, K. and Altschul, N. R. (2020) Orientalism, medievalism, colonialism, and militarized mercantilism. In: Parker, J. and Wagner, C. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Medievalism. Series: Oxford handbooks. Oxford University Press: New York, pp. 416-432. ISBN 9780199669509 (doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199669509.013.25)

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This chapter investigates the intersections of British medievalism and colonialism in two very different places in the world: early nineteenth-century Chile, as Britain exercised economic domination over parts of the former Spanish Empire (thus it will be termed neocolonial); and late eighteenth-century India, as British officials devised strategies for extracting revenue from Bengal. Despite their many differences, in both cases an area beyond Europe is defined as Moorish and its present is associated with Europe’s past, specifically with the centuries now termed ‘medieval’. In both cases, too, medievalization forwards the economic interests at the basis of this temporal discourse, which is also fully enmeshed in the history of Orientalism. These similarities demonstrate the value of studying the under-examined effects of British medievalism beyond the familiar national frameworks, and, more broadly, underscore the importance of investigating the global dimensions of temporalizing phenomena.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Altschul, Dr Nadia
Authors: Davis, K., and Altschul, N. R.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Hispanic Studies
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Published Online:01 October 2020

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