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Representing Difference in the Medieval and Modern Orientalist Romance

Amy Burge
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Language
English
Series
The New Middle Ages
New Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
ISBN
9781137601315, 1137601310, 9781137593689, 9781137593566
Summary
"This book, the first full-length cross-period comparison of medieval and modern literature, offers cutting edge research into the textual and cultural legacy of the Middle Ages: a significant and growing area of scholarship. At the juncture of literary, cultural and gender studies, and capitalizing on a renewed interest in popular western representations of the Islamic east, this book proffers innovative case studies on representations of cross-religious and cross-cultural romantic relationships in a selection of late medieval and twenty-first century Orientalist popular romances. Comparing the tropes, characterization and settings of these literary phenomena, and focusing on gender, religion, and ethnicity, the study exposes the historical roots of current romance representations of the east, advancing research in Orientalism, (neo)medievalism and medieval cultural studies. Fundamentally, Representing Difference invites a closer look at medieval and modern popular attitudes towards the east, as represented in romance, and the kinds of solutions proposed for its apparent problems."--
Contents
  • Romance in the East: An Introduction
  • 1. Saracens and Sheikhs: Romance in Context
  • 2. Geographies of Fantasy: Exploring the Romance East
  • 3. "For you are a man and she is a maid": Gender and the East
  • 4. 'Neither Fish Nor Fowl": Representing Difference, Fabricating Sameness
  • 5. Romancing the Abduction Motif
  • Romance in the East: Conclusions.
Description
279 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-271) and index.
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