The Postcolonial Middle Ages

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J. Cohen
Springer, Apr 21, 2000 - 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 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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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

Contents

Midcolonial
1
Orientalism and Orientation
18
Dante on the Orient Express
35
From Postcolonial Writer to Imperialist Author
53
La Fleur des histoires de la terre dOrient
67
The Bodies of Gerald of Wales
85
The Media the Middle Ages and Orientalism Now
105
Orientalism and Medievalism
123
Branwen Daughter of Llyr and the Colonial Refrain
172
10 Fetishism 1927 1614 1461
193
11 Common Language and Common Profit
209
Londons Aliens and Lydgates Mummings for the Mercers and Goldsmiths
229
13 Postcolonial Chaucer and the Virtual Jew
243
Prester John among the Natives
261
Contributors
283
Index
285

Richard Coer de Lyon Saracens Jews and the Politics of Race and Nation
135

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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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