1. At Calais Gate.
2. In Flaunders.
3. Dante in Somerset.
5. Canaries (The Fortunate Islands).
“My Cinderella prize for the year’s most underrated book goes to David Wallace, whose Premodern Places mixes romance and bizarrerie in a study of medieval and Renaissance ideas about geography and locality.” Jonathan Keates, The Spectator 'Book of the Year' feature, 2004
“This is one of the sharpest and most imaginative books of literary criticism I've read in many years.” Peter Hulme, University of Essex
“Offering illuminating genealogies for a range of authors and literary texts, Premodern Places radically questions many assumptions about historical as well as geographic boundaries. … this book asks both premodernists and postcolonialists to rethink their disciplines and make urgent connections across space and time.” Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylvania
“… a most brilliant representative of Postcolonial Medieval Studies.” José Rabasa, University of California
- A highly and engaging work by one of the world's most renowned medievalists.
- Recreates and connects the places that appear in the works of Langland, Chaucer, Dante, Petrarch, Spenser, Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, and many others.
- Explores the distinctive cultural life of a range of locations, among them Calais, Flanders, Somerset, Genoa, the Fortunate Islands (Canary Islands), and Manhattan.
- Featuring fascinating vignettes, such as the story of an English merchant learning love songs in Calais.
- Provides insights into major historical narratives, such as race and slavery in Renaissance Europe.