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- DescriptionChallenging the traditional conception of medieval Europe as insular and even xephobic, Shirin A. Khanmohamadi's In Light of Ather's Word looks to early ethgraphic writers who were surprisingly aware of their own otherness, especially when faced with the far-flung peoples and cultures they meant to describe. These authors-William of Rubruck among the Mongols, John Mandeville cataloguing the world's diverse wonders, Geraldus Cambrensis describing the manners of the twelfth-century Welsh, and Jean de Joinville in his account of the various Saracens encountered on the Seventh Crusade-display an uncanny ability to see and understand from the perspective of the very strangers who are their subjects. Khanmohamadi elaborates on a distinctive late medieval ethgraphic poetics marked by both a profound openness to alternative perspectives and voices and a sense of the formidable threat of such openness to Europe's governing religious and cultural orthodoxies. That we can hear the voices of medieval Europe's others in these narratives in spite of such orthodoxies allows us to take full measure of the productive forces of disorientation and destabilization at work on these early ethgraphic writers. Poised at the intersection of medieval studies, anthropology, and visual culture, In Light of Ather's Word is an invative departure from each, extending existing studies of medieval travel writing into the realm of poetics, of ethgraphic form into the premodern realm, and of early visual culture into the realm of ethgraphic encounter.
- Author BiographyShirin A. Khanmohamadi is Associate Professor of Comparative and World Literature at San Francisco State University.
- Author(s)Shirin A. Khanmohamadi
- PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Date of Publication03/12/2013
- SubjectHistory: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleThe Middle Ages Series
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Content Note1 illus.
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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