Monday March 13, 2017

Making Marco Polo

Illustration from the "The Travels of Marco Polo" ("Il milione"), by Marco Polo and Rustichello da Pisa, originally published during Polo's lifetime (c. 1254 - January 8, 1324).

Illustration from the "The Travels of Marco Polo" ("Il milione"), by Marco Polo and Rustichello da Pisa, originally published during Polo's lifetime (c. 1254 - January 8, 1324). (Wikipedia)

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Almost everything we think we know about Marco Polo - traveller, explorer, the man who brought the wonders of the East to the West - is being questioned.  Tony Luppino searches for the real man and story behind the legendary wanderer, and discovers someone even more interesting and unexpected. **This episode originally aired January 21, 2016.

 


Participants in the program:

  • Simon Gaunt, Professor of French Language and Literature at Kings College, London, author of Marco Polo's Le Devisement du Monde: Narrative Voice, Language and Diversity, 2013.

  • Suzanne Akbari, Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, and co-editor of Marco Polo and the Encounter of East and West, 2008.

  • Sharon Kinoshita, Professor and Chair of Literature, Co-Director, Center for Mediterranean Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz.

  • David Perry, Associate Professor and Director, Catholic Studies Minor, Dominican University, River Forest Illinois. 

  • Suzanne Yeager, Associate Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Fordham University, New York.

  • Laura Morreale, Associate Director of the Department of Medieval Studies, Fordham University, New York.
     
  • Teresa Shawcross, Associate Professor of History, Princeton University.



** This episode was produced by Dave Redel