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  • Love at a Crux: The New Persian Romance in a Global Middle Ages
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  • By Cameron Cross
  • 2023
  • Published by: University of Toronto Press
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Love at a Crux presents the emergence of versified love stories in the New Persian language as a crucial event in the history of romance. Using the tale of Vis & Rāmin (w. 1054) as its focal point, the book explores how Persian court poets in the eleventh century reconfigured "myths" and "fables" from the distant past in ways that transformed the love story from a form of evening entertainment to a method of ethical, political, and affective self-inquiry. This transformation both anticipates and helps to explain the efflorescence of romance in many medieval cultures across the western flank of Afro-Eurasia.

Bringing together traditions that are often sundered by modern disciplinary boundaries, Love at a Crux unearths the interconnections between New Persian and comparable traditions in ancient and medieval Greek, Arabic, Georgian, Old French, and Middle High German, offering scholars in classics, medieval studies, Middle Eastern literatures, and premodern world literature a case study in literary history as connected history.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Reader's Notes
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xx, 1-2
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  1. Prologue | In Which Love Has Many a Tale
  2. pp. 3-26
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  1. 1 Phantasy | The Rise of Romance
  2. pp. 27-64
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  1. 2 Ethics | An Affair of Conscience
  2. pp. 65-104
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  1. 3 Politics | The Prisoner of His Skin
  2. pp. 105-146
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  1. 4 Affect | The Limits of Lyric
  2. pp. 147-189
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  1. 5 History | The Death of Romantic Love
  2. pp. 190-231
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  1. Epilogue | In Which Many a Tale Has Love
  2. pp. 232-242
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  1. Appendix A: Summary of Vis & Rāmin
  2. pp. 243-247
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  1. Appendix B: Rāmin's Songs
  2. pp. 248-250
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  1. Appendix C: Concordance
  2. pp. 251-256
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 257-318
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 319-360
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  1. Index
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