The Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History: A Forgotten Heritage / Edition 1

The Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History: A Forgotten Heritage / Edition 1

by Mar?a Rosa Menocal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812213246

ISBN-13: 9780812213249

Pub. Date: 02/28/1990

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Arabic culture was a central and shaping phenomenon in medieval Europe, yet its influence on medieval literature has been ignored or marginalized for the last two centuries. In this ground-breaking book, now returned to print with a new afterword by the author, María Rosa Menocal argues that major modifications of the medieval canon and its literary history

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Overview

Arabic culture was a central and shaping phenomenon in medieval Europe, yet its influence on medieval literature has been ignored or marginalized for the last two centuries. In this ground-breaking book, now returned to print with a new afterword by the author, María Rosa Menocal argues that major modifications of the medieval canon and its literary history are necessary.

Menocal reviews the Arabic cultural presence in a variety of key settings, including the courts of William of Aquitaine and Frederick II, the universities in London, Paris, and Bologna, and Cluny under Peter the Venerable, and she examines how our perception of specific texts including the courtly love lyric and the works of Dante and Boccaccio would be altered by an acknowledgment of the Arabic cultural component.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812213249
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/1990
Series:
The Middle Ages Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,162,652
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1The Myth of Westernness is Medieval Literary Historiography1
Ch. 2Rethinking the Background27
Ch. 3The Oldest Issue: Courtly Love71
Ch. 4The Newest "Discovery": The Muwashshahat91
Ch. 5Italy, Dante, and the Anxieties of Influence115
Ch. 6Other Readers, Other Readings137
Afterword155
Bibliography161
Index179

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