Writing East: The "Travels" of Sir John Mandeville - The Middle Ages Series (Hardback)
  • Writing East: The "Travels" of Sir John Mandeville - The Middle Ages Series (Hardback)
zoom

Writing East: The "Travels" of Sir John Mandeville - The Middle Ages Series (Hardback)

(author)
£39.00
Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 01/03/1997
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

No work revealed more of the mysterious East to statesmen, explorers, readers, and writers of the late Middle Ages than the Book of John Mandeville. One of the most widely circulated documents of its day, it first appeared in French between 1356 and 1371 and was soon translated into nine other European languages. Ostensibly the account of one English knight's journeys through Africa and Asia, it is, rather, a compilation of travel writings first shaped by an unknown redactor.

Writing East is a study of how Mandeville's Travels came to appear in its various versions, explaining how it went through a series of transformations as it reached new audiences in order to serve as both a response to previous writings about the East and an important voice in the medieval conversation about the nature and limits of the world. Higgins offers a palimpsestic reading of this "multi-text" that demonstrates not only how the original French author overwrote his precursors but also how subsequent translators molded the material to serve their own ideological agendas.

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812233438
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 666 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Writing East is a remarkable analysis of an important medieval text. . . . Higgins persuasively argues for the multiplicity of medieval European understandings of the East that had important consequences for several centuries. This work will surely initiate new studies of the precolonial frame of mind and the role of distinct versions of medieval manuscripts in the shaping of medieval understanding."-Sixteenth Century Journal

You may also be interested in...

The Doors of Perception
Added to basket
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Create Dangerously
Added to basket
£1.00
Paperback
Landmarks
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
We Should All Be Feminists
Added to basket
Why I Write
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
England Your England
Added to basket
The Tipping Point
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Notes to Self
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Cost of Living
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
Books v. Cigarettes
Added to basket
Dark Days
Added to basket
£1.00
Paperback
A Room of One's Own
Added to basket
The Road to Wigan Pier
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.