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- DescriptionIdols in the East contributes to the recent surge of interest in European encounters with Islam and the Orient in the premodern world. Focusing on the medieval period, Akbari examines a broad range of texts including encyclopedias, maps, medical and astromical treatises, chansons de geste, romances, and allegories to paint an unusually diverse portrait of medieval culture. Among the texts she considers are The Book of John Mandeville, The Song of Roland, Parzival, and Dante's Divine Comedy. From them she reveals how medieval writers and readers understood and explained the differences they saw between themselves and the Muslim other. Looking forward, Akbari also comes to terms with how these medieval conceptions fit with modern discussions of Orientalism, thus providing an important theoretical link to postcolonial and postimperial scholarship on later periods.
- Author BiographySuzanne Conklin Akbari is Professor of English and Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She is author of Seeing through the Veil: Optical Theory and Medieval Allegory, editor of Marco Polo and the Encounter of East and West, and medieval volume editor for The Norton Anthology of World Literature.
- Author(s)Suzanne Conklin Akbari
- PublisherCornell University Press
- Date of Publication05/04/2012
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationIthaca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCornell University Press
- Content Note12, 6 black & white halftones, 6 black & white line drawings
- Weight485 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine23 mm
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