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Intercultural Transmission in the Medieval Mediterranean

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This volume presents evidence of the extent and effects of intercultural contacts across Europe and the Mediterranean rim, opening up a new understanding of early medieval civilisation and its continuing influence in both Western and Eastern cultures today. From the perspectives of textual transmission, cultural memory, religion, art and cultural traditions, this work explores the central question of how ideas travelled in the medieval world, challenging the conventional notion of insular communities in the ...

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Overview

This volume presents evidence of the extent and effects of intercultural contacts across Europe and the Mediterranean rim, opening up a new understanding of early medieval civilisation and its continuing influence in both Western and Eastern cultures today. From the perspectives of textual transmission, cultural memory, religion, art and cultural traditions, this work explores the central question of how ideas travelled in the medieval world, challenging the conventional notion of insular communities in the Middle Ages. Despite the schism between East and West that took hold after the thirteenth century this volume reveals a rich and extensive cultural exchange and demonstrates that transmission of ideas and culture across borders began much earlier than the Crusades. It contributes to new perspectives on medieval cities, Christian Europe's history with the Byzantine and Islamic Mediterranean, the landscape of power and the power-plays of the medieval Church, and the way in which cross-cultural transmission affected all of these areas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472524591
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/13/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie L. Hathaway has published and presented papers on medieval queens and chivalry, medieval German epic, and the Saracens. Her monograph volume Saracens and Conversion: Chivalric Ideals in Aliscans and Wolfram's Willehalm is forthcoming in 2012. She is currently lecturing at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, UK.
David W. Kim (PhD, Sydney) is a visiting research fellow at New College, University of Edinburgh, UK. His research includes Nag Hammadi Literature, Coptic Gnostic Studies, NT, Dead Sea Scrolls, early Christianity, Contemporary Christianity, and Asian Religions. He has written The Community Rules of Thomas in the 'Fifth Gospel', Revival Awaken Generations, The Wind-Blowing Desert: Thomasine Scholarship, Women in the Qumran Community, How Korean Christians in Diaspora Read the Hebrew Canon?, and Mary and Her Public Actions in Thomas.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
Faith and Spirituality
Thomasine Metamorphosis: Community, Text, and Transmission from Greek to Coptic David W. Kim (University of Edinburgh, UK)
St Michael of Chonai and the Tenacity of Paganism Alan Cadwallader (Australian Catholic University)
Chivalry
Medieval Persian Chivalry and Mysticism Milad Milani (University of Western Sydney, Australia)
From Knight to Chevalier: Chivalry in the chanson de geste Material from Aquitaine to Germany Stephanie L. Hathaway (University of Oxford, UK)
Love and Literature
Humour and Sexuality: Twelfth-Century Troubadours and Medieval Arabic Poetry Jerónimo Méndez (University of Valencia, Spain)
Ladies, Lovers and Lais: A Comparison of Some Byzantine Romances with the Anglo-Norman Guigemar Andrew Stephenson (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Performance and Reception of Greek Tragedy in the Early Medieval Mediterranean Amelia R. Brown (University of Queensland, Australia)
Material Culture
The Urban Language of Early Constantinople: The Changing Roles of the Arts and Architecture in the Formation of the New Capital and the New Consciousness Gordana Korolija Fontana-Giusti (University of Kent, UK)
There and Back Again: Cross-cultural Transmission of Clothing and Clothing Terminology Timothy Dawson (independent scholar)
Index

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