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Empire of magic : medieval romance and the politics of cultural fantasy

Author: Geraldine Heng
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2003] ©2003
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"Empire of Magic offers a genesis and genealogy for medieval romance and the King Arthur legend through the history of Europe's encounters with the East in crusades, travel, missionizing, and empire formation. It also produces definitions of "race" and "nation" for the medieval period and posits that the Middle Ages and medieval fantasies of race and religion have recently returned." "Empire of Magic is expansive in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geraldine Heng
ISBN: 0231125267 9780231125260 0231125275 9780231125277
OCLC Number: 1201998501
Description: xii, 521 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: In the beginning was romance ... --
Cannibalism, the First Crusade, and the genesis of medieval romance: Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the kings of Britain --
The romance of England: Richard Coer de Lyon and the politics of race, religion, sexuality, and nation --
Warring against modernity: masculinity and chivalry in crisis; or, the alliterative Morte Arthure's romance anatomy of the Crusades --
Beauty and the East, a modern love story: women, children, and imagined communities in The man of law's tale and its others --
Eye on the world: Mandeville's pleasure zones; or, cartography, anthropology, and medieval travel romance.
Responsibility: Geraldine Heng.

Abstract:

"Empire of Magic offers a genesis and genealogy for medieval romance and the King Arthur legend through the history of Europe's encounters with the East in crusades, travel, missionizing, and empire formation. It also produces definitions of "race" and "nation" for the medieval period and posits that the Middle Ages and medieval fantasies of race and religion have recently returned." "Empire of Magic is expansive in scope, spanning the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries, and detailed in coverage, examining various types of romance - historical, national, popular, chivalric, family, and travel romances, among others - to see how cultural fantasy responds to changing crises, pressures, and demands in a number of different ways. Boldy controversial, theoretically sophisticated, and historically rooted, Empire of Magic is a restaging of the role romance played in the culture of a period and world in ways that suggest how cultural fantasy still functions for us today."--Jacket.
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