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Mediterranean Slavery and World Literature
Captivity Genres from Cervantes to Rousseau

Edited By

Mario Klarer

ISBN 9781138291232
Published November 18, 2019 by Routledge
338 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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