The Invention of the Eyewitness: Witnessing and Testimony in Early Modern France
In an examination of eyewitness travel writing in thirteenth- through sixteenth-century France, Andrea Frisch studies the figure of the witness at a historical juncture and in a cultural context in which that figure is generally thought to have begun to assume a recognizably modern form and function.
Whereas most accounts of early modern travel literature tend to read modern presuppositions about witnessing and testimony back into the material, Frisch approaches the early modern witness in terms of the cultural legacy of the Middle Ages. Through primary readings in law and theology, Frisch documents the tension between the ethical witness (the characteristic witness of premodernity) and the epistemic witness (the modern witness) and explores the impact of that tension on the figure of the witness in pre- and early modern French-language travel literature.
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CHAPTER THREE EXPERIENCE D INOT Paulmier de Gonneville left Honfleur in
1503 on the Espoir with the intention of undertaking a commercial voyage to the
Portuguese East Indies . The ship was blown off course and ultimately landed in
The following passage from the account of Jacques Cartier ' s first voyage ,
detailing an exchange that takes place after the French have planted a cross in
Huron - Iroquois territory , offers a striking ( if unexceptional ) instance of ...
Relation originale du voyage de Jacques Cartier . Ed . H . Michelant and A .
Ramé . Paris : Tross , 1867 ... Voyages de découverte au Canada entre les
années 1534 et 1542 , par Jacques Cartier etc . Quebec : Literary and Historical
Society of ...