Courting the Alhambra: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to the Hall of Justice Ceilings

Overview

The ceiling paintings in the Hall of Justice of the Alhambra have not received serious scholarly attention for the past thirty years, perhaps due to their difficult incorporation into a discrete program of Christian versus Islamic art, categories that until recently remained unchallenged themselves. The Alhambra itself continues to elicit the interest of many scholars, and several recent interpretations of the function of the Palace of the Lions, which houses the paintings, have been put forth. This collection ...
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Overview

The ceiling paintings in the Hall of Justice of the Alhambra have not received serious scholarly attention for the past thirty years, perhaps due to their difficult incorporation into a discrete program of Christian versus Islamic art, categories that until recently remained unchallenged themselves. The Alhambra itself continues to elicit the interest of many scholars, and several recent interpretations of the function of the Palace of the Lions, which houses the paintings, have been put forth. This collection brings together art historians, literary critics and historians who suggest new ways of approaching the paintings through their immediate social, historical, architectural and literary contexts, proposing a porous and flexible model for the production of culture in Iberia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789047426882
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009

Meet the Author

Cynthia Robinson, Ph. D. (1996), Art History and Near Eastery Studies, U. of Penn., is Associate Professor of Art History, Near Eastern Studies and Medieval Studies at Cornell University. She has published extensively on the visual and literary cultures of medieval Iberia.
Simone Pinet, Ph.D. (2002) in Hispanic Literatures, Harvard University, is Associate Professor of Spanish and Medieval Studies at Cornell University. She has published extensively on medieval and Golden Age literatures, cartography, and culture.

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Table of Contents

Articles

Introduction Simone Pinet Cynthia Robinson 1

Arthur in the Alhambra? Narrative and Nasrid Courtly Self-Fashioning in the Hall of Justice Ceiling Paintings Cynthia Robinson 12

Painting Politics in the Alhambra Ana Echevarria 47

Courtliness and its Trujumanes: Manufacturing Chivalric Imagery across the Castilian-Grenadine Frontier Rosa Maria Rodriguez Porto 67

Hunting in the Borderlands Jerrilynn D. Dodds 115

The Forested Frontier: Commentary in the Margins of the Alhambra Ceiling Paintings Jennifer Borland 151

Cross-Cultural Style in the Alhambra: Textiles, Identity and Origins Amanda Luyster 189

Walk on the Wild Side Simone Pinet 216

Allegories of Love: The Alhambra Ceilings and The Evolution of Sentimental Fiction Oscar Martin 238

Book Reviews

Review of Daniel Frank, Search Scripture Well. Karaite Exegetes and the Origins of the Jewish Bible Commentary in the Islamic East Daniel Lasker 255

Review of Elliott Horowitz: Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence Andrew Berns 258

Review of Klein, Elka. Jews, Christian Society, and Royal Power in Medieval Barcelona Brian Catlos 261

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