In Light of Another's Word

Challenging the traditional conception of medieval Europe as insular and xenophobic, Shirin A. Khanmohamadi's In Light of Another's Word looks to early ethnographic writers who were surprisingly aware of their own otherness, especially when faced with the far-flung peoples and cultures they meant to describe.

In Light of Another's Word
European Ethnography in the Middle Ages

Shirin A. Khanmohamadi

2013 | 216 pages | Cloth $55.00
Literature / History
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Table of Contents

1. Conquest, Conversion, Crusade, Salvation: The Discourse of Anthropology and Its Uses in the Medieval Period
2. Subjective Beginnings: Autoethnography and the Partial Gazes of Gerald of Wales
3. Writing Ethnography "In the Eyes of the Other": William of Rubruck's Mission to Mongolia
4. Casting a "Sideways Glance" at the Crusades: The Voice of the Other in Joinville's Vie de Saint Louis
5. Dis-Orienting the Self: The Uncanny Travels of John Mandeville