Mediterranean Slavery and World Literature: Captivity Genres from Cervantes to Rousseau, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Mediterranean Slavery and World Literature

Captivity Genres from Cervantes to Rousseau, 1st Edition

Edited by Mario Klarer


352 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138291232
pub: 2019-12-04
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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 Mediterraneanslavery, until now, have been limited to historical and autobiographical accounts, this volume looks specifically at literary adaptations from a multicultural perspective.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Mario Klarer

Section I: Putting Narrations of Captivity in Context

Chapter 1: Rereading Captivity: Hybrid Genres and Narrative Experimentation in Early Modern Captivity Narratives (by Marcus Hartner)

Chapter 2: Beyond Orientalism: Rereading American Barbary Captivity Narratives (by Anna Diamantouli)

Chapter 3: Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio: Torture and Execution in the Eighteenth-Century Archbishopric of Salzburg (by Kurt Palm)

Section II: From Captive to Artist

Chapter 4: Spanish Cautivo Literature and the Return of the Jew to the Iberian Peninsula (by Michael Gordon)

Chapter 5: Maḥmud, the Sicilian: Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Crossings in Cervantes’s Mediterranean (by María Antonia Garcés)

Chapter 6: Images from the Dey’s Court: The Artist as Slave in Algiers (by Ernstpeter Ruhe)

Section III: Captivity as Literary Entertainment

Chapter 7: The Robinsonade as a Literary Avatar of Early Nineteenth-Century Barbary Captivity Narration (by Robert Spindler)

Chapter 8: Algerian Captivity and the German Literary Canon: Annette von Droste-Hülshoff’s The Jew's Beech (Die Judenbuche) (by Magnus Ressel)

Chapter 9: No Man Should Be a Slave: Anti-Semitism and Gender in Susanna Rowson’s Slaves in Algiers (byTobias Auböck)

Section IV: Captivity as a Philosophical Tool

Chapter 10: Barbary Slavery and Robinson Crusoe (by G. A. Starr)

Chapter 11: Benjamin Franklin: The Poetics of Abolition and the Ruses of Analogy (by Carsten Junker)

Chapter 12: Émile in Chains: A New Perspective on Rousseau and Slavery (by Jeremy Popkin)

About the Editor

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

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Caribbean & Latin American
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Spanish & Portuguese