Theorizing Medieval Race
Saracen Representations in Old French Literature

Victoria Turner

Research Monographs in French Studies 55

Legenda

23 September 2019  •  228pp

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In today’s discussions of religious difference and intolerance, the Middle Ages are often presented as a time of fixed racial, religious, and cultural identities, especially as regards the East and Islam. Representations of Saracens, however, show how literary traditions invite a more nuanced consideration of the complex and often surprising ways in which such non-Christian figures might be depicted.

In a wide-ranging study of Old French texts from c.1150-1350, Victoria Turner explores how racial identity is not only paradoxical but even fluid in the medieval Christian literary imagination, where Arthurian heroes may have Saracen ancestors and where a Saracen may set an example of good Christian behaviour. Drawing on modern critical theory, Turner adopts a series of approaches to concepts of race to counter suggestions that these medieval identities were necessarily adversarial, consistent or absolute.

Victoria Turner is Lecturer in French at the University of St Andrews.

Contents:

i-vi
Theorizing Medieval Race: Theorizing Medieval Race
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Table of Contents
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ix-x
Acknowledgements
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xi-xi
Abbreviations
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Note On Translations
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xiii-xiv
List of Illustrations
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Introduction
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Chapter 1 Race and Gender: Cross-Dressing and Performative Identity in the Nanteuil Cycle
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Chapter 2 Race and Time: Genealogy and Logical Race in the Estoire Del Saint Graal
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84-134
Chapter 3 Race and Religion: Spectrality and Conversion in Gautier De Coinci’s Miracles De Nostre Dame
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135-166
Chapter 4 Race and Community: Knowledge, Faith, and the Prophet in the Roman De Mahomet
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167-192
Conclusion Indeterminacy Made Readable: Rethinking the Body and Medieval Race
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193-205
Bibliography
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206-214
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Turner, Victoria, Theorizing Medieval Race: Saracen Representations in Old French Literature, Research Monographs in French Studies, 55 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Victoria Turner, Theorizing Medieval Race: Saracen Representations in Old French Literature, Research Monographs in French Studies, 55 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Turner, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Turner, Victoria. 2019. Theorizing Medieval Race: Saracen Representations in Old French Literature, Research Monographs in French Studies, 55 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Turner 2019: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Turner 2019: 21.

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