John Donne and the Ideology of Colonization

@article{Cain2001JohnDA,
  title={John Donne and the Ideology of Colonization},
  author={T. G. S. Cain},
  journal={English Literary Renaissance},
  year={2001},
  volume={31},
  pages={440 - 476}
}
  • T. Cain
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • History, Art
  • English Literary Renaissance
N one of his most erotic poems Donne sees his mistress as an “America [a] Newfound land” whom his roving hands may explore and H exploit, and who is his own, private “kingdom, safeliest when with one man manned.” It is widely assumed that the converse ofhis metaphor is also true, that he saw America as a woman, and Virginia as virgin territory to be enjoyed, explored and exploited in a similarly uncomplicated way. His attitudes toward the colonization ofAmerica and his views on the native… 

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