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‘A Mirrour Of Mis-Haps,/ A Mappe Of Miserie’: Dangers, Strangers, And Friends In Renaissance Pilgrimage

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Focussing on representations of the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, this chapter explores changes in the fortunes and shapes of pilgrim narratives between the mid-sixteenth and early seventeenth century, principally in English and in French. The dialog between the two poems-an argumentative "Conflict" on the one hand, and an apparently autobiographical, confessional "Dire" on the other-serves to introduce the themes of this chapter as it seeks to register and as it were to record the sound and the tone of pilgrim voices as they narrate, debate, and dramatize the sense, the value, and the costs of travel-and more specifically of the Jerusalem pilgrimage-across the European Renaissance. The chapter concludes with the final lines of the title poem of Elizabeth Bishop's 1965 collection, Questions of Travel.

Keywords: Elizabeth Bishop; European Renaissance; Jerusalem pilgrimage; Questions of Travel



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