Europe: A Literary History, 1348-1418

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This collaborative two-volume literary history of Europe, the first yet attempted, unfolds through ten sequences of places linked by trade, travel, topography, language, pilgrimage, alliance, disease, and artistic exchange. The period covered, 1348-1418, provides deep context for understandingcurrent developments in Europe, particularly as initiated by the destruction and disasters of World War II. We begin with the greatest of all European catastrophes: the 1348 bubonic plague, which killed one person in three. Literary cultures helped speed recovery from this unprecedented "groundzero" experience, providing solace, distraction, and new ideals to live by. Questions of where Europe begins and ends, then as now, and disputes over whom truly "belongs" on European soil are explored, if not solved, through writing. A war that would last for a century convulsed much of western Europe. Divisions between Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christianities endured,and in 1378 the West divided again between popes of Avignon and Rome. Arabic literary cultures linked Fes and Granada to Jerusalem and Damascus; Persian and Turkish writings began to flourish south and west of Constantinople; Jewish intellectuals treasured Arabic texts as well as Hebrew writings;Armenian colophons proved unique. From 1414-18 western nations gathered to heal their papal schism while also exchanging literary, humanist, and musical ideas; visitors from the East hoped for commitment to wider European peace. Freed from nation state historiography, as bequeathed by the nineteenth century, these 82 chapters freshly assess the free movement of European literature in all its variety, local peculiarity, and regenerative power.

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This collaborative two-volume literary history of Europe, the first yet attempted, unfolds through ten sequences of places linked by trade, travel, topography, language, pilgrimage, alliance, disease, and artistic exchange. The period covered, 1348-1418, provides deep context for understandingcurrent developments in Europe, particularl...

David Wallace, who studied at York (BA), Perugia, and Cambridge (Ph.D.), has been Judith Rodin Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, since 1996, with visiting positions at Jerusalem, London, Leipzig, Melbourne, and Princeton. He has travelled and lectured widely across Europe, and also north America, Australia, and Japan, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1536 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1 inPublished:May 7, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Volume IGeneral IntroductionI: Paris to BearnIntroductionParisChaalisValenciennes (Hainault)ReimsLusignanDijon, BurgundySavoy and the Marquisate of SalucesToulouseBearnII: Calais to LondonIntroductionCalaisCanterburyOxfordBerkeley CastleChester and CheshireYork and YorkshireLichfieldLeicesterLynn, Walsingham, NorwichLondon, Southwark, WestminsterIII: St Andrews to FinistereIntroductionSt Andrews and AberdeenKirkwall, OrkneyIcelandDublinLough DergLecan and BallymoteCeredigion: Strata Florida and Llanbadarn FawrGlasney College, Penryn, CornwallFinistereIV: Basel to DanzigIntroductionBaselStrasbourgCologneBrusselsBrugesThe HagueDeventer and ZwolleLubeckVadstenaTurkuDanzigV: Avignon to NaplesIntroductionAvignonLombardy: Milan and PaviaFlorenceSienaRomeNaplesVOLUME IIVI: Palermo to TunisIntroductionPalermoCiutat de MallorcaThe Crown of AragonCastileSantiago de CompostellaLisbonCanaries (Fortunate Islands)FesSeville and CordobaGranadaTunisVII: Cairo to ConstantinopleIntroductionAlexandria and CairoJerusalemDamascusSis. The Armenian Kingdom of CiliciaCyprusRhodesAthens, Thebes, and MystraThessalonicaBursaConstantinopleVIII: Mount Athos to MuscovyIntroductionMount AthosTrnovoRuthenia (Lithuania-Rus)NovgorodMuscovy and Northeastern RusIX: Venice to PragueIntroductionVeniceZadarDubrovnik (Ragusa)Buda, Pest, Obuda; and VisegradCracowNurembergWurzburgSalzburgViennaPragueX: Nations of Europe, 1414-1418Constance