Marco Polo in manuscript: The travels of the Devisement du monde

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    This essay examines Marco Poloa's Devisement du monde (Description of the World) as a tale that traveled. It first discusses how Polo’s account went to France, where the elite read it. It then focuses on the manuscript framing of the Devisement through written and visual paratexts. The Devisement manuscripts are particularly striking because, although closely related textually, paratextually they are very diffferent. The varying titles assigned to the text and depictions of Polo reflect the multiple interpretive choices the Devisement offered late medieval readers. Like other tales that traveled, Poloa's account was both valuable and adaptable.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)171-189
    Number of pages19
    JournalNarrative Culture
    Volume2
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 2015

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    Marco Polo in manuscript : The travels of the Devisement du monde. / Cruse, Markus.

    In: Narrative Culture, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2015, p. 171-189.

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