Iberian Jewish Literature: Between al-Andalus and Christian Europe

Iberian Jewish Literature: Between al-Andalus and Christian Europe

by Jonathan P. Decter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253349133

ISBN-13: 9780253349132

Pub. Date: 06/28/2007

Publisher: Indiana University Press

This stimulating and graceful book explores Iberian Jewish attitudes toward cultural transition during the 12th and 13th centuries, when growing intolerance toward Jews in Islamic al-Andalus and the southward expansion of the Christian Reconquista led to the relocation of Jews from Islamic to Christian domains. By engaging literary topics such as imagery, structure

Overview

This stimulating and graceful book explores Iberian Jewish attitudes toward cultural transition during the 12th and 13th centuries, when growing intolerance toward Jews in Islamic al-Andalus and the southward expansion of the Christian Reconquista led to the relocation of Jews from Islamic to Christian domains. By engaging literary topics such as imagery, structure, voice, landscape, and geography, Jonathan P. Decter traces attitudes toward transition that range from tenacious longing for the Islamic past to comfort in the Christian environment. Through comparison with Arabic and European vernacular literatures, Decter elucidates a medieval Hebrew poetics of estrangement and nostalgia, poetic responses to catastrophe, and the refraction of social issues in fictional narratives.

Published with the generous support of the Koret Foundation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253349132
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1. Poetry
1. Space: Landscape and Transition
2. Form: Varieties of Lamentation and Estrangement
3. Imagery: The Protean Garden

Part 2. Narrative
4. Context: Imagining Hebrew Fiction between Arabic and European Sources
5. Structure: Literature in Transition
6. Voice: Maqama and Morality
7. Space: Landscape, Geography, and Transition

Conclusion: Out of the Garden

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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