Remapping Travel Narratives, 1000-1700
Title
Remapping Travel Narratives, 1000-1700
Subtitle
To the East and Back Again
ISBN
9781942401605
Format
eBook PDF
Number of pages
337
Language
English
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Dimensions
15.6 x 23.4 cm
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Montserrat Piera (ed.)

Remapping Travel Narratives, 1000-1700

To the East and Back Again

With a specific focus on travel narratives, this collection looks at how Islamic and eastern cultural threads were weaved, through travel and trading networks, into Western European/Christian visual culture and discourse and, ultimately, into the artistic explosion which has been labeled the ŸRenaissance.Œ Scholars from across humanities disciplines examine Islamic, Jewish, Spanish, Italian, and English works from a truly comparative and non-parochial perspective, to explore the transfer through travel of cultural and religious values and artistic and scientific practices, from the eleventh to the seventeenth centuries. During this period travel, military conquest and trade through the Mediterranean placed Western European citizens and merchants in contact with Islamic and eastern technology and culture, and travel narratives illustrate the converging and pragmatic dynamics of cultural acceptance. Perhaps the spread of ŸRenaissanceŒ values and beliefs might have followed a trajectory the reverse of what is generally assumed, and that salient aspects of Renaissance culture traveled from the fringes of Islamic and eastern cultures to the midst of hegemonically Christian polities.
Editor

Montserrat Piera

Montserrat Piera is Associate Professor of Medieval Spanish at Temple University. She has published on a wide range of topics from chivalry texts to early modern women writers.