Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval and Early Modern Performance in the Eastern Mediterranean

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval and Early Modern Performance in the Eastern Mediterranean

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Medieval and Early Modern Performance in the Eastern Mediterranean, ed. Arzu Öztürkmen and Evelyn Birge Vitz, Late Medieval and Early Modern Studies 20 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014). 627 pp. ISBN 978-2-503-54691-9. euro130.00. The thirty-three English-language articles collected in this volume deal with performance (defined as 'artistic communicative processes', in the tradition of folklore studies) in the eastern Mediterranean (defined as the cultural world of Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Muslims, and Byzantines, the former Ottoman empire, with an interesting resistance to the 'romantic approach' which sought to see 'mediterraneanness' as a unified cultural category). The period covered takes us from the Middle Ages until at least the eighteenth century, sometimes further, and it is interesting to note that the languages of the texts discussed in the first five articles embrace Arabic, Persian, Turkish, the Turkic languages of central Asia, Hebrew, Croatian Glagolitic, and Medieval French. …

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