The Postcolonial Middle Ages

The Postcolonial Middle Ages

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An increased awareness of the importance of minority and subjugated voices to the histories and narratives which have previously excluded them has led to a wide-spread interest in the effects of colonization and displacement. This collection of essays is the first to apply post-colonial theory to the Middle Ages, and to critique that theory through the excavation of a distant past. The essays examine the establishment of colony, empire, and nationalism in order to expose the mechanisms of oppression through which 'aboriginal' 'native' or simply pre-existent cultures are displaced, eradicated, or transformed.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 293 pages
  • 140 x 204 x 22mm | 281.23g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 2000 ed.
  • biography
  • 0312239815
  • 9780312239817
  • 1,473,766

About Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

JEFFREY JEROME COHEN is Associate Professor of English and Human Sciences at George Washington University. He is the author of Of Giants: Sex, Monsters and the Middle Ages and the editor of Monster Theory and Becoming Male in the Middle Ages.

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' impressive accomplishment, exemplifying the many possible opportunities and potential difficulties medievalists face in engaging and contributing to a significant strand of cultural studies.' - Speculum 'The volume is a very strong compilation, and indeed a useful guide to the richness of post-colonial enquiry...The real strength of this book resides in the range and diversity of the topics it examines and the quality of many of the contributions.' - Cynthia J. Neville, Canadian Journal of History

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Table of contents

Introduction: Midcolonial From Due East to True North: Orientalism and Orientation; S.Conklin Akbari Coming Out of Exile: Dante on the Orient Express; K.Biddick Chaucer after Smithfield: From Postcolonial Writer to Imperialist Author; J.M. Bowers Cilician Armenian Metissage and Hetoum's La Fleur des Histoires de la Terre d'Orient; G.Burger Hybrids, Monsters, Borderlands: The Bodies of Gerald of Wales; J.J.Cohen Time Behind the Veil: The Media, the Middle Ages and Orientalism Now; K.Davis Native Studies: Orientalism and Medievalism; J.M.Ganim The Romance of England: Richard Coer de Lyon, Saracens, Jews and the Politics of Race and Nation; G.Heng Marking Time: Branwen, Daughter of Llyr and the Colonial Refrain; P.Ingham Fetishism, 1927, 1614, 1461; S.F.Kruger Common Language and Common Profit; K.Robertson Alien Nation: London's Aliens and Lydgate's Mummings for the Mercers and Goldsmiths; C.Sponsler Postcolonial Chaucer and the Virtual Jew; S.Tomasch Imperial Fetishism: Prester John among the Natives; M.Uebel

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