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Practices of Coexistence

Constructions of the Other in Early Modern Perceptions

Edited by Marianna D. Birnbaum and Marcell Sebők

Marianna D. Birnbaum is Research Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages at UCLA. She is also involved in the Medieval Studies Department’s programs at the Central European University, Budapest

Marcell Sebők is a cultural historian of the early modern period at the Department of Medieval Studies of Central European University, Budapest

The essays in this book provide interesting contributions to the ongoing debate concerning the representation of differing cultures, i.e., the “image of the Other” in the early modern period . They deal with images, projections, and perceptions, based on various experiences of coexistence. Although the individual contributions contain sources and references of iconography, this is not just another volume of art history or visual studies. As examples of practices in diverse historical contexts, the book includes a variety of textual material, such as literary productions, rhetorical exercises, dramatic applications, chronicles, epistles, and diary-like historical accounts that express ethnographic sensitivities. Thus, supported by a thorough research apparatus, these studies propose a new cultural history of the early modern coexistence of various communities, as identified in current research by young scholars.

Another novel feature of the volume is the deliberate digression of traditional scholars’ focus and the investigation of rarely examined regions and practices. This approach allows the contributors to spotlight their special areas of research and to share a fresh new look at “the Renaissance.”

240 pages with 12 charts and photos, cloth, 2017
$65.00 / €60.00 / £52.00


Marianna D. Birnbaum and Marcell Sebők

The Good Fowler as a World Conqueror: Images of Suleyman the Magnificent in Early Modern Hungarian Literary Practice
Ágnes Drosztmér

Repercussions of a Murder: The Death of Sehzade Mustafa on the Early Modern English Stage
Seda Erkoç

Constructing a Self-Image in the Image of the Other: Pope Pius II’s Letter to Sultan Mehmed II
F. Özden Merçan

Topography of a Society: Muslims, Dwellers, and Customs of Algiers in Antonio de Sosa’s Topographia, e Historia General de Argel
Johanna Tóth

The Ragusan Image of Venice and the Venetian Image of Ragusa in the Early Modern Period
Lovro Kunčević

All Moldavian Eyes on Ottomans: Perceptions and Representations at the End of the Fifteenth Century
Teodora C. Artimon

List of Contributors