This Week’s New Books: “The Bagnios of Algiers” and “The Great Sultana,” The Conversion of Herman the Jew, The Folkstories of Children,

Now in Paperback
“The Bagnios of Algiers” and “The Great Sultana”: Two Plays of Captivity
Miguel de Cervantes. Edited and translated by Barbara Fuchs and Aaron J. Ilika
208 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 map
Cloth 2009 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4209-6 | $34.95 | £23.00
Paper 2012 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2215-9 | $19.95 | £13.00

The first English translation of two captivity plays by Cervantes, set in Algiers and Constantinople. Featuring a lively cast of corsairs, captives, and renegades, they offer important insights into early modern Spain’s conception of the world of Islam. Read more . . .

 

 

Now in Paperback
The Conversion of Herman the Jew The Conversion of Herman the Jew: Autobiography, History, and Fiction in the Twelfth Century
Jean-Claude Schmitt. Translated by Alex J. Novikoff
320 pages | 6 x 9 | 9 illus.
Cloth 2010 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4254-6 | $59.95 | £39.00
Paper 2012 | ISBN 978-0-8122-2219-7 | $26.50 | £17.50
A volume in the Middle Ages Series

Jean-Claude Schmitt examines a unique and controversial conversion narrative to explore its meaning within the society and culture of its period as well as what it has to tell us about the way historians think and write. Read more . . .

 

Now in Paperback
The Folkstories of Children The Folkstories of Children
Brian Sutton-Smith
328 pages | 6 x 9
Paper 1981 | ISBN 978-0-8122-1108-5 | $22.50 | £15.00
A volume in the Publications of the American Folklore Society series

The Folkstories of Children, first published in 1981, features nearly five hundred stories that were volunteered by fifty children between the ages of two and ten and transcribed word for word. The stories are organized chronologically by age of the teller, revealing the progression of the children’s cognition and verbal competence. Read more . . .


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