Empire of Magic: Medieval Romance and the Politics of Cultural Fantasy

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Columbia University Press, 22. jan. 2005 - 521 sider
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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. Boldly controversial, theoretically sophisticated, and historically rooted, Empire of Magic is a dramatic 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.

 

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In the Beginning Was Romance
1
The Genesis of a Medieval Genre
16
1 Cannibalism the First Crusade and the Genesis of Medieval Romance
17
A National Fiction
62
Richard Coer de Lyon and the Politics of Race Religion Sexuality and Nation
63
Defending Elite Men and Bodies
114
Masculinity and Chivalry in Crisis or the Alliterative More Arthures Romance Anatomy of the Crusades
115
A Matter of Women and Children
180
Women Children and Imagined Communities in The Man of Laws Tale and Its Others
181
Mapping the World and Home
238
Mandevilles Pleasure Zones or Cartography Anthropology and Medieval Travel Romance
239
Notes
307
Works Cited
467
Index
499
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Geraldine Heng is director of medieval studies at the University of Texas at Austin and associate professor of English and Comparative Literature. Her articles have appeared in PMLA, differences, Genders, and the Yale Journal of Criticism.


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