A Measured Hospitality
During the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, the co-mingling of diverse peoples and languages in Anatolia shaped the literary landscape in significant ways, binding together Muslim and Christian poets in analogous modes of composing poetry and policing the communal boundaries of their audiences. Sundry unions—between peoples, religious cultures, even aesthetic systems—furthermore played an important role in the development of nascent literary cultures, such as Anatolian Turkish and Middle Armenian, as well in the subtle transformation of pre-existing literary cultures in Anatolia, including New Persian and, in some cases, medieval Greek. This introduction offers a broad look at the production of literary cultures at the juncture of more than one language in medieval Anatolia and the Mediterranean world more generally. It argues that cross-cultural convergences in the literary landscape were often facilitated by overlapping praxes of literary adaptation, response, quotation, and emulation in particular. Through this portfolio of compositional techniques, diverse poets implicitly and explicitly came to engage with one another—and their audiences—across linguistic, religious, and cultural boundaries of many kinds.
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