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Michael Wintroub
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)

The Voyage of Thought: A 16th-Century Journey from France to Sumatra and Beyond

The Voyage of Thought: A Sixteenth-Century Journey from France to Sumatra and Beyond is a micro-historical and cross-disciplinary analysis of the texts and contexts that informed the remarkable journey of the Dieppois ship captain, merchant, and poet, Jean Parmentier, as he sailed his ship, The Thought, to Sumatra in 1529. In tracing the itinerary of this voyage I examine not only an early attempt by the French to challenge Spanish and Portuguese oceanic hegemony and to carve out an empire in the Indies, but also commercial life among provincial merchant humanists in Normandy, the relationship of these merchants and explorers to the classical authorities they revered, the literary culture they cultivated, the techniques of oceanic navigation they pioneered, the distant peoples that they met, and the ways in which all these different ideas, practices and values were wrapped up in social, spiritual, religious and artistic practice.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; History of Science; Renaissance History

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Total amounts:
$25,200 (approved)
$25,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2015