This essay seeks to elaborate how Sir Walter Raleigh's sense of self serves to construct his colonial ideology as he depicts it in The Discovery of the Large, Rich, and Beautiful Empire of Guiana. This essay considers scholarship which illustrates Raleigh's background as well as overarching Early Modern English conceptions of self as a colonial power. In examining the text through such a lens, the text depicts Raleigh's sense of self as incessant in the colonial ideology he portrays through his literary construction of a Guiana he never truly visited or understood.



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