New Book: Can We Talk Mediterranean? Conversations on an Emerging Field in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Can We Talk Mediterranean?

Conversations on an Emerging Field in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Editors: Catlos, Brian A., Kinoshita, Sharon (Eds.)

This book provides a systematic framework for the emerging field of Mediterranean studies, collecting essays from scholars of history, literature, religion, and art history that seek a more fluid understanding of “Mediterranean.” It emphasizes the interdependence of Mediterranean regions and the rich interaction (both peaceful and bellicose, at sea and on land) between them. It avoids applying the national, cultural and ethnic categories that developed with the post-Enlightenment domination of northwestern Europe over the academy, working instead towards a dynamic and thoroughly interdisciplinary picture of the Mediterranean. Including an extensive bibliography and a conversation between leading scholars in the field, Can We Talk Mediterranean? lays the groundwork for a new critical and conceptual approach to the region.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Why the Mediterranean?
    Catlos, Brian A.
    Pages 1-17
  2. The Thalassal Optic
    Hilsdale, Cecily J.
    Pages 19-32
  3. Negotiating the Corrupting Sea: Literature in and of the Medieval Mediterranean
    Kinoshita, Sharon
    Pages 33-47
  4. Desiderata for the Study of Early Modern Art of the Mediterranean
    Farago, Claire
    Pages 49-64
  5. The Maritime, the Ecological, the Cultural—and the Fig Leaf: Prospects for Medieval Mediterranean Studies
    Horden, Peregrine
    Pages 65-79
  6. Beneath the Surface: Responses and Queries
    The Panelists & Audience
    Pages 81-101
  7. Reflections: Talking Mediterranean
    Catlos, Brian A. (et al.)
    Pages 103-123

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