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Author Heng, Geraldine.

Title Empire of magic : medieval romance and the politics of cultural fantasy / Geraldine Heng.

Published New York : Columbia University Press, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  820.9001 HENG    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 521 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: In the Beginning Was Romance ... 1 -- History as Romance: The Genesis of a Medieval Genre -- 1. Cannibalism, the First Crusade, and the Genesis of Medieval Romance: Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain 17 -- Popular Romance: A National Fiction -- 2. Romance of England: Richard Coer de Lyon and the Politics of Race, Religion, Sexuality, and Nation 63 -- Chivalric/Heroic Romance: Defending Elite Men and Bodies -- 3. Warring Against Modernity: Masculinity and Chivalry in Crisis; or, The Alliterative Morte Arthure's Romance Anatomy of the Crusades 115 -- Family Romance/Hagiographic Romance: A Matter of Women (and Children) -- 4. Beauty and the East, a Modern Love Story: Women, Children, and Imagined Communities in The Man of Law's Tale and Its Others 181 -- Travel Romance/Ethnographic Romance: Mapping the World and Home -- 5. Eye on the World: Mandeville's Pleasure Zones; or, Cartography, Anthropology, and Medieval Travel Romance 239.
Summary "Empire of Magic" is expansive in scope, spanning the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries, and detailed in coverage, examining various types of romance -- historical, national, popular, chivalric, family, and travel romances, among others -- to see how cultural fantasy responds to changing crises, pressures, and demands in a number of different ways. Boldly controversial, theoretically sophisticated, and historically rooted, "Empire of Magic" is a dramatic restaging of the role romance played in the culture of a period and world in ways that suggest how cultural fantasy still functions for us today.
Subject Romances, English -- History and criticism.
English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- England -- History -- To 1500.
Literature and society -- England -- History -- To 1500.
Civilization, Medieval, in literature.
Imperialism in literature.
Crusades in literature.
Culture in literature.
Magic in literature.
ISBN 0231125267 (cloth : alk. paper)
0231125275 (paper : alk. paper)