Leo Africanus Discovers Comedy: Theatre and Poetry Across the Mediterranean
By Natalie Zemon Davis - ES51
Natalie Zemon Davis is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History emeritus at Princeton University and is currently associated with the University of Toronto. Her many publications include The Return of Martin Guerre, Slaves on Screen: Film and Historical Vision, and Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds. In 2010, the government of Norway awarded her the Holberg Prize for her work in the humanities.
216 pp., 19 ill.
ISBN: 978-0-7727-2212-6 softcover
“From the pen of one of our greatest storytellers, the missing piece of the transcultural puzzle of rhetoric, theatre, and history. East meets West in a thrilling narrative from the inimitable voice that inspired generations of readers and scholars.” — Jody Enders, University of California, Santa Barbara
“In its discussion of Leo Africanus (Hasan al-Wazzan) and the part he played in the reception of Aristotle’s Poetics at the turn of the sixteenth century, this brilliant book paints a fascinating picture of the intellectual bridge both Leo and the Poetics constituted between the Arab East and Christian West.” — Philip Kennedy, New York University
“This marvelous book traces the fault lines and dynamics of cultural transmission and exchange in a way that reveals the interdependence and fruitful cross fertilization of these two cultures, allowing for a deeper understanding of these two rich intellectual and performative traditions.” — Jill Ross, University of Toronto
Glossary of Arabic Words
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