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Integrated Literary Cultures in Anatolia and the Premodern World
Michael Pifer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Kindred Voices: A Literary History of Medieval Anatolia (Book)
Title: Kindred Voices: A Literary History of Medieval Anatolia
Author: Michael Pifer
Abstract: By the mid-thirteenth century, Anatolia had become a region of stunning cultural diversity, home not only to Armenians and Greeks, but also to Persians, Turks, Arabs, Mongols, Jews, and others. Kindred Voices explores how the Muslim and Christian poets of Anatolia grappled with the multilingual and multireligious worlds they inhabited, attempting to impart resonant forms of religious instruction to their intermingled communities. This unique, under-studied convergence produced fresh poetic styles and sensibilities, native to no single people or language, that enabled the period’s literature to reach new and wider audiences. This is the first book to study the era’s major Persian, Armenian, and Turkish poets, from roughly 1250 to 1340, against the canvas of this broader literary ecosystem. Although these poets were later constructed as foundational figures in their own “national” literary histories, they first emerged, before the rise of the Ottomans, from a shared and fraught terrain.
Year: 2021
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Publisher: Yale University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780300250398
Copy sent to NEH?: No