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Dramatic GeographyRomance, Intertheatricality, and Cultural Encounter in Early Modern Mediterranean Drama$
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Laurence Publicover

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806813

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806813.001.0001

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Romancing the Mediterranean

Romancing the Mediterranean

(p.39) 1 Romancing the Mediterranean
Dramatic Geography

Laurence Publicover

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the ways in which romance literature presents geographical space. To provide a foundation for the chapters that follow, it focuses on a number of classical, medieval, and early modern romances and romance-inflected texts that present the Mediterranean, asking how romance as a mode of writing interacts with the historical realities of the Mediterranean world. In exploring different forms of romance geography, the chapter proffers a distinction between the ‘Hellenistic’ mode, which stresses the Mediterranean’s status as a site of productive interaction between overlapping cultures, and the ‘chivalric’ mode, which presents it as a site of conflict; additionally, the chapter discusses the ways in which romance literature constructs a dynamic between the inner worlds of its protagonists and the outer worlds through which they travel.

Keywords:   romance, literary geography, Mediterranean, Boccaccio, medieval to early modern, Islam and the West, monstrosity

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