Frontier narratives

Liminal lives in the early modern Mediterranean

By Steven Hutchinson

Frontier narratives


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4642-7
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00 (incl. VAT)
  • Published Date: May 2020
  • BIC Category: Literary studies: c 1600 to c 1800, History, HISTORY / Europe / Italy, HISTORY / Africa / North, HISTORY / Europe / Spain & Portugal, HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Italian, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Spanish & Portuguese, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 17th Century, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 16th Century, Southern Europe, North Africa, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, Early Modern History, Early Modern Literature
  • Series: Manchester University Press


This book explores how human interaction in the frontier zones of the early modern Mediterranean was represented during the period, across genres and languages. The Muslim-Christian divide in the region produced an unusual kind of slavery, fostered a surge in conversion to Islam and offered an ideal habitat for Catholic martyrdom. The book argues that identities and alterities were multiple, that there was no war between Christianity and Islam and that commerce prevailed over ideology and dogma. Inspired by Braudel, who asserts that 'the Mediterranean speaks with many voices; it is a sum of individual histories', it endeavors to allow the people of the early modern Mediterranean to speak for themselves.


'In this beautiful complement to Braudel's work on the Mediterranean, Hutchinson maps, in depth, the cultural tapestry woven through the multiplex interaction between Christian and Muslim political powers. Readers' eyes will become increasingly open regarding the thorny complexities of the entire situation. In this interdisciplinary, well written and timely work, he shows the cruelty exercised by both sides of the conflict, and in great abundance.'
James Iffland, Boston University


1 Introduction
2 Slaves
3 Renegades
4 Martyrs
5 Counternarratives




Steven Hutchinson is Professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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