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The New Middle Ages

The Black Middle Ages

Race and the Construction of the Middle Ages

Authors: Vernon, Matthew X.

  • Contributes timely research to join the fields of medieval studies and African American studies
  • Assembles an archive of texts to expand understandings of black studies
  • Promotes a transhistorical and comparative theoretical framework
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The Black Middle Ages examines the influence of medieval studies on African-American thought. Matthew X. Vernon focuses on nineteenth century uses of medieval texts to structure racial identity, but also considers the flexibility of medieval narratives more broadly in the medieval period, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This book engages disparate discourses to reassess African-American positionalities in time and space. Utilizing a transhistorical framework, Vernon reflects on medieval studies as a discipline built upon a contended set of ideologies and acts of imaginative appropriation visible within source texts and their later mobilizations. 

About the authors

Matthew X. Vernon is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Davis, USA.


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Reading Out of Time—Genealogy, African-American Literature, and the Middle Ages

    Vernon, Matthew X.

    Pages 1-43

  • Medieval Self-Fashioning: The Middle Ages in African-American Scholarship and Curricula

    Vernon, Matthew X.

    Pages 45-101

  • Failed Knights and Broken Narratives: Mark Twain and Charles Chesnutt’s Black Romance

    Vernon, Matthew X.

    Pages 103-157

  • History, Genealogy, and Gerald of Wales: Medieval Theories of Ethnicity and Their Afterlives

    Vernon, Matthew X.

    Pages 159-201

  • Other Families: Dryden’s Theory of Congeniality in Dante, Chaucer, and Naylor

    Vernon, Matthew X.

    Pages 203-245

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91089-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91088-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Black Middle Ages
Book Subtitle
Race and the Construction of the Middle Ages
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91089-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91089-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91088-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 266
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