Alexander the Great in the Middle Ages: Transcultural Perspectives
In the Middle Ages, the life story of Alexander the Great was a well-traveled tale. Known in numerous versions, many of them derived from the ancient Greek Alexander Romance, it was told and re-told throughout Europe, India, the Middle East, and Central Asia. The essays collected in Alexander the Great in the Middle Ages examine these remarkable legends not merely as stories of conquest and discovery, but also as representations of otherness, migration, translation, cosmopolitanism, and diaspora.
Alongside studies of the Alexander legend in medieval and early modern Latin, English, French, German, and Persian, Alexander the Great in the Middle Ages breaks new ground by examining rarer topics such as Hebrew Alexander romances, Coptic and Arabic Alexander materials, and early modern Malay versions of the Alexander legend. Brought together in this wide-ranging collection, these essays testify to the enduring fascination and transcultural adaptability of medieval stories about the extraordinary Macedonian leader.
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- Page Count: 296 pages
- Illustrations: 16
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
"The book as a whole will deepen an understanding of the interactions between all versions of Alexander."
Richard Stoneman, University of Exeter
University of Toronto Quarterly, vol 87 3, Summer 2018
“Alexander the Great in the Middle Ages will be of interest to scholars working with texts on Alexander in many fields, as well as appealing to those working in cultural translation, manuscript studies, and postcolonial studies.”
Margaret Bridges, Professor Emeritus, Department of English Languages and Literature, University of Berne
“An excellent read, Alexander the Great in the Middle Ages takes the study of Alexander scholarship beyond philology to thematic interpretation. The book will be very useful to classicists, medievalists, and scholars interested in the Alexander legend.”
David Zuwiyya, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Auburn University
Author InformationMarkus Stock is an associate professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.
Table of contents
The Medieval Alexander: Transcultural Ambivalences (Markus Stock)
East and West, Cosmopolitan and Imperial in the Roman Alexander (Thomas Hahn)
Meanings of Nationality in the Medieval Alexander (Emily Reiner)
Facing the Land of Darkness: Alexander, Islam, and the Quest for the Secrets of God (Christine Chism)
Diaspora as Empire in the Hebrew Deeds of Alexander (Ma’aseh Alexandros) (Ruth Nisse)
Hebrew Alexander Romances and Astrological Questions: Alexander, Aristotle, and the Medieval Jewish Audience (Shamma Boyarin)
The Alexander Romance in Southeast Asia: Wonder, Islam, and the Knowledge of the World (Su Fang Ng)
Re-Writing the Episode of Alexander and Candace in Medieval Persian Literature: Patterns, Sources, and Motif Transformation (Julia Rubanovich)
Coptic Miniature Painting in the Arabic Alexander Romance (Faustina Doufikar-Aerts)
Poet, Protagonist, and the Epic Alexander in Walter of Châtillon’s Alexandreis (Sylvia A. Parsons)
Instrumentum Dei, Exemplum vanitatis, Speculum principis: Interpretations of Alexander in Medieval German Literature. A Survey (Klaus Grubmüller)
Science and Learning in the Middle Ages: Le Roman d’Alexandre en prose – A Study of Ms Stockholm, Royal Library Vu 20 (Maud Pérez-Simon)
The Visual Image of Alexander the Great: Transformations in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period (Thomas Noll)
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