The Marvel and the List

  • Michael Uebel
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter and chapter 6 treat medieval writing, principally the Letter of Prester John, in relation to three generic modalities: the fictional epistola, the list or montage, and the travel narrative. All three genres are particularly well suited for handling the complexities of relations between self and other that arise when such literature attempts to deal with alternative realities. This chapter aims at explaining the mechanics of these genres, how they do the work of both keeping alive the reader’s interest and, more crucially, instilling in the reader the desire for an alternative reality.


Alternative Reality Twelfth Century Historical Reality Final Meaning Precious Stone 
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