Exchanges in Exoticism: Cross-Cultural Marriage and the Making of the Mediterranean in Old French Romance
Charting important new territory within medieval gender studies, Megan Moore explores the vital role that women played in transmitting knowledge and empire within Mediterranean cross-cultural marriages. Whereas cross-cultural exchange has typically been understood through the lens of male-centered translation work, this study, which is grounded in the relations between the west and Byzantium, examines cross-cultural marriage as a medium of literary and cultural exchange, one in which women's work was equally important as men’s.
Moore's readings of Old French and Medieval Greek texts reveal the extent to which women challenged the cultures into which they married and shaped their new courtly environments. Through the lens of medieval gender and postcolonial theory, Exchanges in Exoticism demonstrates how the process of cultural exchange – and empire building – extends well beyond our traditional assumptions about gender roles in the medieval Mediterranean.
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- Page Count: 200 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.7in x 9.3in
‘Moore offers a thought-provoking consideration of how identity is created and uncovers a shift in attitudes toward the Mediterranean over time….Scholars interested in questions of gender in Old French romance will find Exchanges in Exoticism well worth their time.’
Medieval Feminist Forum, vol 50:01:2014
‘Moore maintains a highly accessible style. Her use of engaging examples make this study a pleasure to read, one which combines questions of hybridity, exchange, and gender in fruitful ways.’
Modern Language Review vol 110:02:2015
“An important contribution to the field of Old French studies, Exchanges in Exoticism combines history and literature in a fruitful way.”
Lynn Ramey, Department of French and Italian, Vanderbilt University
Author InformationMegan Moore is an assistant professor in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Missouri.
Table of contents
Chapter One: Women and the Making of Mediterranean Identities in Cligès and Digenis Akritas
Chapter Two: Exchanging Exoticism: Narrating Religious Difference and the Multiple Mediterraneans in Floire et Blancheflor
Chapter Three: Masculinities and the Geographies of Empire in Thirteenth Century Incest Romances
Chapter Four: Masculinity and the New Mediterranean in Floriant et Florete
Conclusion: Rereading the Intersections of the Mediterranean
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