Pilgrimage and Narrative in the French Renaissance: The Undiscovered Country

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This is the first full-length study of the place and meaning of pilgrimage in European Renaissance culture. It makes new material available and also provides fresh perspectives on canonical writers such as Montaigne, Erasmus, Petrarch, Augustine, and Gregory of Nyssa. This wide-ranging and timely new work aims to question the ways in which recent theoretical and historical research in the area has determined the differences between fictional worlds and the real.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780198159407
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 336
  • Lexile: 1480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Coming to Terms: The Subject of Pilgrimage [Renaissance dialogues, guides to pilgrimage, arguments against it]
Part II: Being There: The Experience of Pilgrimage [narratives of pilgrimage]
Part III: Forms of Return: The Afterlife of Pilgrimage [Columbus and others; pilgrims' fantasies and fears, professional pilgrims]
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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