The Postcolonial Middle Ages

The Postcolonial Middle Ages

Paperback New Middle Ages

Edited by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 204mm x 22mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 8 August 2001
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0312239815
  • ISBN 13: 9780312239817
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 1,276,928

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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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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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'...an 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

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