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

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Overview

""Beautifully written. . . . A fascinating introduction to an area of medieval literacy still replete with nationalistic tensions.""--Speculum

""Calls for a wider acceptance of the idea that medieval Western culture was influenced more widely by Arab

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"Solidly researched and splendidly written."—Comparative Literature

"Beautifully written. . . . A fascinating introduction to an area of medieval literacy still replete with nationalistic tensions."—Speculum

"Calls for a wider acceptance of the idea that medieval Western culture was influenced more widely by Arabic thought."—Choice

"Admirable for breadth of reading and attractive for its uncramped sympathies. . . . A sobering reminder . . . of the presence of much racism and chauvinism in literary and cultural history."—Relgion and Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812213249
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/1990
  • Series: The Middle Ages Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marandiacute;a Rosa Menocal is Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University, where she is Director of the Whitney Humanities Center. She is author of The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain and Shards of Love: Exile and the Origins of the Lyric.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 The Myth of Westernness is Medieval Literary Historiography 1
Ch. 2 Rethinking the Background 27
Ch. 3 The Oldest Issue: Courtly Love 71
Ch. 4 The Newest "Discovery": The Muwashshahat 91
Ch. 5 Italy, Dante, and the Anxieties of Influence 115
Ch. 6 Other Readers, Other Readings 137
Afterword 155
Bibliography 161
Index 179
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