Medieval Literature and Postcolonial Studies (Postcolonial Literary Studies)




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Type: eBook
Date Released: 2010
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 256
Isbn10 Code: 0748637176
Isbn13 Code: 9780748637171


Review Written for the prestigious series edited by David Johnson and Ania Loomba, this book will enable a wider audience to get a broad view of the extraordinarily fertile field of pre-modern literature and culture: it sets out clearly the ways in which the intersection of ethnic, racial, and religious difference in the pre-modern setting can provide valuable insights into modern postcolonial theory. Lisa Lampert-Weissig's book is sure to have a dramatic impact on medieval and early modern studies, and on the much broader fields of postcolonial theory and literary history. -- Professor Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Department of English and Medieval Studies, University of Toronto Lisa Lampert-Weissig persuasively argues both that postcolonial studies can illuminate our understanding of medieval Europe's centuries of invasion and conquest, and that medieval literary sources can refine key concepts in postcolonial studies. In her lucid and challenging readings of medieval texts and contemporary postcolonial novels, Lampert shows that the ways in which the Middle Ages features in contemporary debates about postcolonial nations struggling out of their past or about 'Islam in Europe' are far from merely academic. We need books like this to remind us of the medieval roots of histories of modernity, 'race' and European identity. -- Professor Ruth Evans, Department of English, Saint Louis University Highly recommended Written for the prestigious series edited by David Johnson and Ania Loomba, this book will enable a wider audience to get a broad view of the extraordinarily fertile field of pre-modern literature and culture: it sets out clearly the ways in which the intersection of ethnic, racial, and religious difference in the pre-modern setting can provide valuable insights into modern postcolonial theory. Lisa Lampert-Weissig's book is sure to have a dramatic impact on medieval and early modern studies, and on the much broader fields of postcolonial theory and literary history. Lisa Lampert-Weissig persuasively argues both that postcolonial studies can illuminate our understanding of medieval Europe's centuries of invasion and conquest, and that medieval literary sources can refine key concepts in postcolonial studies. In her lucid and challenging readings of medieval texts and contemporary postcolonial novels, Lampert shows that the ways in which the Middle Ages features in contemporary debates about postcolonial nations struggling out of their past or about 'Islam in Europe' are far from merely academic. We need books like this to remind us of the medieval roots of histories of modernity, 'race' and European identity. --This text refers to the edition. About the Author Lisa Lampert-Weissig is associate professor in the Department of Literature and director of the German studies program at the University of California, San Diego.

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