The Postcolonial Middle Ages

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Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
Palgrave Macmillan, May 4, 2001 - History - 286 pages
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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 widespread interest in the effects of colonization and displacement. This collection of essays applies post-colonial theory to the Middle Ages, and examines 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 pre-existent cultures are displaced, eradicated, or transformed.

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User Review  - ladymacbeth86 - LibraryThing

Excellent collection of essays, all focusing on diverse problems within medievalism and offering a postcolonial answer. Even though postcolonialism is not able to explain all of the theoretical ... Read full review

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This book is so cool! Well, in a weird way, it is. 14 different essays consider medieval texts from a postcolonial framework. The convergence of these two fields provides a fresh new perspective to each. Read full review

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Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is Associate Professor of English and Human Sciences at George Washington University. He blogs at

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