Early Globalities, and Its Questions, Objectives, and Methods: An Inquiry into the State of Theory and Critique

  title={Early Globalities, and Its Questions, Objectives, and Methods: An Inquiry into the State of Theory and Critique},
  author={Geraldine Heng},
  pages={234 - 253}
Abstract The study of the global past in deep time sets in the foreground many questions that also bedevil literary theory today. That convergence — between how to study the global past and how to read literary texts — drives this essay’s critical examination of salient methods, concepts, and objectives, and of the politics of endeavor. As examples, the essay analyzes historiographies of the global current today, asking what is at stake in reading global premodernity, and reading literary texts… Expand
Reflections: Are We Global Yet? Africa and the Future of Early Modern Studies
ECF ISSN 0840-6286 | E-ISSN 1911-0243 | doi: 10.3138/ecf.33.3.413 Copyright 2021 by Eighteenth-Century Fiction, McMaster University A little over fifteen years ago, Felicity A. Nussbaum published herExpand
The Global World in the Pre-Modern Era: Lessons from the Past for Our Future With a Focus on the Early Modern Novel Fortunatus (1509)
  • A. Classen
  • History
  • Current Research Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • 2020
There are many efforts underway today to investigate the true extent to which the notion of globalism already applied to the pre-modern world. This study reviews some of the major scholarlyExpand
Becoming postmedieval: The stakes of the global middle ages
The concept of the ‘medieval’ emerged as a node of colonialist ideology that placed Africa, Asia, and the Americas into a backward and uncivilized – premodern – time. Even as it demarcates WesternExpand
Globalism in Medieval Literature? Pre-Modern Perspectives in Poetic Projections: Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, Konrad Fleck’s Flore und Blancheflor, and Reinfried von Braunschweig
This paper examines globalism in the pre-modern world as reflected in literary texts. In contrast to globalization, globalism indicates an opening of perspectives toward distant parts of the worldExpand
Far Apart but Never Closer: Diasporic Unity in Twelfth-Century Jewish Travel Literature
J travel literature provides a window into the cultural conditions that shaped Jewish identity during the Middle Ages. Although few accounts survive, those that do illuminate the authors’ perceptionsExpand
Unsettling Comparisons: Ethical Considerations of Comparative Approaches to the Old English Medical Corpus
Abstract:While many areas of scholarship are already well into critical examinations of their global turns, one area that is not is the study of early medieval medicine. The number of globalExpand
The politics of environments before the environment: Biopolitics in the longue durée.
This article builds on a new historiography on the policing of bodies and environments in medieval times and at the urban scale to problematize Foucault's claim about biopolitics as a modern phenomenon born in the European eighteenth-century. Expand
Medieval Literature in the Contact Zone
The rare noun and adjective tramontane and tramontain (“north”), cognates of the medieval Latin transmontanus, are Italianisms in Old and Middle French, meaning primarily “Pole Star” and “northExpand
Understanding Open Urban Spaces in the Medi eval World
Stephanie Wynne-Jones (stephanie.wynne-jones@york.ac.uk) is Senior Lecturer in Archaeo logy at the Uni ver sity of York, England, UK, core-group member of the Centre for Urban Network Evolutions,Expand


Surface Reading: An Introduction
In the text-based disciplines, psychoanalysis and Marxism have had a major influence on how we read, and this has been expressed most consistently in the practice of symptomatic reading, a mode ofExpand
The global middle ages: An experiment in collaborative humanities, or imagining the world, 500-1500 C.E.
n 2002–03, fresh in the aftermath of September 11, theWest seemed to find itself in an odd temporal wrinkle that materialized the specter of a neo-Middle Ages, evidence of a kind that the “medieval”Expand
Before European Hegemony: The World System AD 1250-1350
In this important study, Janet Abu-Lughod presents a groundbreaking reinterpretation of global economic evolution and provides a new paradigm for understanding the evolution of world systems byExpand
The Great Explanandum
ALFRED W. CROSBY'S The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Society, 1250-1600 is a broad survey of measurement animated by captivating examples drawn from four centuries of mathematics,Expand
Prosperity, Region, and Institutions in Maritime China: The South Fukien Pattern, 946-1368 (review)
  • J. Wills
  • Geography
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
  • 2003
seeking the proximate causes of scurvy or other maladies, and then by inventing or adapting remedies. But nearly all of these energetic innovators were hampered by what Wylie calls culturalExpand
Efflorescences and Economic Growth in World History: Rethinking the "Rise of the West" and the Industrial Revolution
The "Rise of the West" has been treated by economic historians as stemming from the onset of rapid economic growth, driven by technological advances. In contrast, all premodern and non-WesternExpand
Mimesis and Empire: The New World, Islam, and European Identities
Introduction 1. Truth, fictions, and the New World 2. Literary loyalties, imperial betrayals 3. Lettered subjects 4. Virtual Spaniards 5. Faithless empires 6. Pirating Spain Conclusion.
Humanists and the Public University
The precarity of the humanities today is symptomatic of the broader reassessment of the value and utility of the public university. This helps explain the prevalent role of humanists in the recentExpand
In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler's Tale
Interestingly, in an antique land history in the guise of a travelers tale that you really wait for now is coming. It's significant to wait for the representative and beneficial books to read. EveryExpand