The global turn in European medieval studies has attempted to present connections and comparisons that cover all corners of the Earth. Many of these histories rely on textual and material evidence for moments of encounter and exchange. This essay presents teaching strategies that center various approaches to mapping that look beyond the pages of books to include other oral and visual traditions. One approach is to engage with Indigenous ways of naming land, water, and region, and to meet with local Native communities especially for medievalists working in the Americas. Another is to model interdisciplinarity by looking to the history of science, conservation, climate, disease, and more to demonstrate how scholars can learn from other specializations. A final example involves mapping global pathways through museum collections and displays, with an example of finding premodern Africa in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The World Beyond the Pages of Books: Mapping Inclusive Literary, Oral, and Visual Traditions of Premodern Globalities
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Bryan C. Keene; The World Beyond the Pages of Books: Mapping Inclusive Literary, Oral, and Visual Traditions of Premodern Globalities. Journal of Medieval Worlds 29 June 2020; 2 (1-2): 44–56. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jmw.2020.2.1-2.44
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