The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages I: Race Studies, Modernity, and the Middle Ages†

  title={The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages I: Race Studies, Modernity, and the Middle Ages†},
  author={Geraldine Heng},
  journal={Literature Compass},
‘The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages’– a two-part article – questions the widely held belief in canonical race theory that ‘race’ is a category without purchase before the modern era. Surveying a variety of cultural documents from the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries – chronicles, hagiography, literature, stories, sculpture, maps, canon law, statuary, illustrations, religious commentary, and architectural features – the study considers racial thinking, racial law, racial formation… Expand

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