1st Edition

Mediterranean Slavery and World Literature Captivity Genres from Cervantes to Rousseau

Edited By Mario Klarer Copyright 2020
    338 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    338 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Mediterranean Slavery and World Literature is a collection of selected essays about the transformations of captivity experiences in major early modern texts of world literature and popular media, including works by Cervantes, de Vega, Defoe, Rousseau, and Mozart. Where most studies of Mediterranean slavery, until now, have been limited to historical and autobiographical accounts, this volume looks specifically at literary adaptations from a multicultural perspective.


    Mario Klarer

    Part 1

    Accounts and Authenticities

    Before Barbary Captivity Narratives: Slavery, Ransom, and the Economy of Christian Virtue in The Good Gerhard (c. 1220) by Rudolf of Ems

    Mario Klarer

    Toward a New Literary History of Captivity: Adventure and Generic Hybridity in the Late Sixteenth Century

    Marcus Hartner

    Swedish Barbary Captivity Tales: From Letters to Literature (1650–1770)

    Joachim Östlund

    Part 2

    Genesis and Genres

    Cervantes’ Algerian Swan Song: The Birth of Los Baños de Argel and Its Positive Portrayal of Jews

    Michael Ross Gordon

    Female Captivity in Penelope Aubin's The Noble Slaves (1722) and Elizabeth Marsh's The Female Captive (1769)

    Stefanie Fricke

    A Dystopia as Utopia: The Algerian City of Oran and Annette von Droste-Hülshoff’s The Jew’s Beech

    Magnus Ressel

    Part 3

    Transformations and Translations

    The Free Slave: Morality, Neostoicism, and Publishing Strategy in Emanuel d’Aranda’s Algiers and it’s Slavery (1640-82)

    Lisa F. Kattenberg

    The Robinsonade as a Literary Avatar of Early Nineteenth-Century Barbary Captivity Narration

    Robert Spindler

    Part 4

    Media and Markets

    Mozart, Islam, and the Hangman of Salzburg

    Kurt Palm

    Images from the Dey’s Court: The Artist as Slave in Algiers

    Ernstpeter Ruhe

    Jonathan Cowdery’s American Captives in Tripoli (1806): Experience of the Frigate Philadelphia Officers (1803-05)

    Lotfi Ben Rejeb

    Part 5

    Captives and Concepts

    Of Cross and Crescent: Analogies of Violence and the Topos of "Barbary Captivity" in Samuel Sewall’s The Selling of Joseph (1700), with a Postscript on Benjamin Franklin

    Carsten Junker

    Defoe, Slavery, and Barbary

    G. A. Starr

    Émile in Chains: A New Perspective on Rousseau, Slavery, and Hegel’s Phenomenology

    Jeremy D. Popkin


    Mario Klarer is Professor of American Studies at the University of Innsbruck.