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Title: Between Elizabethan England and Brazil : a critical edition of Anthony Knivet's 'Admirable Adventures'
Author: Kogut Lessa de Sá, Vivien
ISNI:       0000 0004 2734 9093
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2012
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Anthony Knivet took part in Thomas Cavendish's privateering expedition to the Pacific in 1591 and was abandoned on the shores of southeast Brazil. His nine years surviving in the hostile environment of the recently established Portuguese colony is the topic of his account, published in 1625 by Samuel Purchas in Hakluytus Posthumus or Purchas his Pilgrimes as "The admirable adventures and strange fortunes of Master Antonie Knivet, which went with Master Thomas Candish in his second voyage to the South Sea 1591.". Though Knivet's text is the earliest extensive account of Brazil made by an Englishman and, next to Hans Staden's Warhaftige Historia, a unique testimony of early colonial Brazil given through the eyes of a foreigner, yet it has never received either a comprehensive study or an annotated English edition. This critical edition of the "Admirable Adventures" is an attempt to rescue Knivet's text from its relative obscurity by, on the one hand, making it accessible to the modem-day English- speaking reader and, on the other, throwing light on the relatively unexplored connections between early modem England and colonial Brazil. This edition is also an opportunity to understand Knivet's firsthand descriptions of sixteenth-century Brazil and explore the specificity of his account in the context of early modem travel writing. In order to address both these purposes, this work is subdivided in two parts: an Introduction - which contains not only cultural, historical and ethnographic background to Knivet's account but also a textual analysis of his narratorial practices - and the full transcript of the original text complete with notes.
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