Mediterranean Slavery and World Literature is a collection of selected essays about the transformations of captivity experiences in major early modern texts of world literature and popular media, including works by Cervantes, de Vega, Defoe, Rousseau, and Mozart. Where most studies of Mediterranean slavery, until now, have been limited to historical and autobiographical accounts, this volume looks specifically at literary adaptations from a multicultural perspective.

chapter |22 pages


ByMario Klarer

part 1|71 pages

Accounts and Authenticities

chapter 1|22 pages

Before Barbary Captivity Narratives

Slavery, Ransom, and the Economy of Christian Virtue in The Good Gerhard (c. 1220) by Rudolf von Ems
ByMario Klarer

chapter 2|22 pages

Toward a New Literary History of Captivity

Adventure and Generic Hybridity in the Late Sixteenth Century
ByMarcus Hartner

chapter 3|24 pages

Swedish Barbary Captivity Tales

From Letters to Literature (1650–1770)
ByJoachim Östlund

part 2|58 pages

Genesis and Genres

chapter 4|16 pages

Cervantes’ Algerian Swan Song

The Birth of Los baños de Argel and Its Positive Portrayal of Jews
ByMichael Ross Gordon

chapter 6|18 pages

A Dystopia as Utopia

The Algerian City of Oran and Annette von Droste-Hülshoff’s The Jews’ Beech Tree 1
ByMagnus Ressel

part 3|44 pages

Transformations and Translations

chapter 7|22 pages

The Free Slave

Morality, Neostoicism, and Publishing Strategy in Emanuel d’Aranda’s Algiers and It’s Slavery (1640–82) 1
ByLisa F. Kattenberg

part 4|62 pages

Media and Markets

chapter 9|15 pages

Mozart, Islam, and the Hangman of Salzburg

ByKurt Palm, Robert Spindler, Almyria Wilhelm

chapter 10|29 pages

Images from the Dey’s Court

The Artist as Slave in Algiers (1684–88)
ByErnstpeter Ruhe, Ashley Nissler

chapter 11|15 pages

Jonathan Cowdery’s American Captives in Tripoli (1806)

Experience of the Frigate Philadelphia Officers (1803–05)
ByLotfi Ben Rejeb

part 5|54 pages

Captives and Concepts

chapter 12|18 pages

Of Cross and Crescent

Analogies of Violence and the Topos of “Barbary Captivity” in Samuel Sewall’s The Selling of Joseph (1700), with a Postscript on Benjamin Franklin
ByCarsten Junker

chapter 13|17 pages

Defoe, Slavery, and Barbary

ByG. A. Starr

chapter 14|16 pages

Émile in Chains

A New Perspective on Rousseau, Slavery, and Hegel’s Phenomenology
ByJeremy D. Popkin