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Title The medieval invention of travel / Shayne Aaron Legassie.
Author Legassie, Shayne, 1979- author.
Publication Chicago, IL : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Copyright date ©2017
Description xiii, 302 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Call # 809.9332 L
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-287) and index.
Summary "Over the course of the Middle Ages, the economies of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa became more closely integrated, fostering the international and intercontinental journeys of merchants, pilgrims, diplomats, missionaries, and adventurers. During a time in history when travel was often difficult, expensive, and fraught with danger, these wayfarers composed accounts of their experiences in unprecedented numbers and transformed traditional conceptions of human mobility. Exploring this phenomenon, The Medieval Invention of Travel draws on an impressive array of sources to develop original readings of canonical figures such as Marco Polo, John Mandeville, and Petrarch, as well as a host of lesser-known travel writers. As Shayne Aaron Legassie demonstrates, the Middle Ages inherited a Greco-Roman model of heroic travel, which viewed the ideal journey as a triumph over temptation and bodily travail. Medieval travel writers revolutionized this ancient paradigm by incorporating practices of reading and writing into the ascetic regime of the heroic voyager, fashioning a bold new conception of travel that would endure into modern times. Engaging methods and insights from a range of disciplines, this is a comprehensive account of how medieval travel writers and their audiences reshaped the intellectual and material culture of Europe for centuries to come"--Back cover.
Contents Introduction. Travail and travel writing -- Subjectivity, authority, and the "exotic." Exoticism as the appropriation of travail ; Travail and authority in the forgotten age of discovery -- Pilgrimage as literate labor. Memory work and the labor of writing ; The pilgrim as investigator -- Discovering the proximate. Becoming Petrarch ; The chivalric Mediterranean of Pero Tafur -- Coda : beyond 1500; or, Travel's labor's lost.
Subject Travel writing -- Europe, Western -- History -- To 1500.
Travel in literature.
Literature, Medieval -- History and criticism.
Pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature.
Literature, Medieval. (OCoLC)fst01000151
Pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature. (OCoLC)fst01064076
Travel in literature. (OCoLC)fst01155640
Travel writing. (OCoLC)fst01155681
Europe, Western. (OCoLC)fst01272478
To 1500
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 022644662X (paperback) :
9780226446622 (paperback) :
022644256X (hardcover)
9780226442563 (hardcover)
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