New PDF release: Marco Polo and the Encounter of East and West

By Suzanne Conklin Akbari,Amilcare Iannucci

Few figures from historical past evoke such vibrant Orientalist institutions as Marco Polo, the Venetian service provider, explorer, and author whose bills of the "Far East" sparked literary and cultural imaginations. The essays in Marco Polo and the come across of East and West problem what many students looked as if it would be an competition of "East" and "West" in Polo's writings. those writers argue that Marco Polo's reviews alongside the Silk street may still in its place be thought of a fertile interplay of cultural exchange.

The quantity starts off with distinct reviews of Marco Polo's narrative in its many medieval kinds (including French, Italian, and Latin versions). They position the textual content in its fabric and primary contexts, and situate Marco Polo's account in the conventions of go back and forth literature and manuscript illumination. different essays reflect on the appropriation of Marco Polo's narrative in variations, translation, and cinematic paintings. The concluding part provides historiographic and poetic debts of where of Marco Polo within the context of a world international literature.

By contemplating the construction and reception of The Travels, this assortment lays the foundation for brand spanking new histories of worldwide literature written from the point of view of cultural, financial, and linguistic alternate, instead of conquest and conflict.

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