Under the Influence: Questioning the Comparative in Medieval Castile

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This volume of essays considers specific examples of literature and art in medieval Castile, problematizing the idea of comparative methodology when studying the cultural production of a place with such an intensely multi-linguistic and multi-religious profile. Contributions have been solicited from an equal number of specialists in the art and literature of the medieval Iberian peninsula, with each essay highlighting the ways in which stable categories of genre or style are ultimately inadequate to a full and nuanced reading of cultural products which in some sense 'belong' to, or address, more that one of medieval Iberia's 'classic three,' Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultural entities.
Contributors: Ana Echevarria ; Heather Ecker ; María Judith Feliciano; Luis M. Girón-Negrón ; Gregory S. Hutcheson; Gregory B. Kaplan ; Benjamin Liu ; Francisco Prado-Vilar ; Cynthia Robinson ; Leyla Rouhi ; Louise O. Vasvári.

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'...a fresh and sometimes challenging look at constructs of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures in the convivencia period in medieval Spain…honest and rigorous examples of modern scholarly enquiry which begin to fill the still considerable gap in truly multidisciplinary approaches to medieval Iberia.'
Hilary Macartney, Bulletin of International Medieval Research, 2005.

’This collection of essays breaks new ground in medieval Spanish Studies—not only by offering new approaches to canonical texts, but also by bringing traditional scholarship and canonical texts into dialogue with critical orientations from a variety of disciplines, including art, economics, architecture and literature.’
Michelle M. Hamilton, eHumanista, volume 6, 2006

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Meet the Author

Cynthia Robinson, Ph.D. (1995) in the History of Art (University of Pennsylvania) is Assistant Professor of Medieval and Islamic Art History at Cornell University. She has published on the art and literature[s] of Medieval Iberia, with particular focus on the relationship of art to literature, courtly culture and religion.
Leyla Rouhi, Ph.D. (1995) in Romance Languages (Harvard University) is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish at Williams College. She has published on the figure of the medieval go-between, the interaction of Islamic and Christian poetics in medieval Spanish.
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Table of Contents

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Editor’s Introduction

A Fifteenth-Century Salamancan’s Pursuit of Islamic Studies - Leyla Rouhi
Mandate From the Top: The Emperor’s New Clothes. How to Administer a Conquered City in al-Andalus: Mosques, Parish Churches and Parishes - Heather Ecker
The Gothic Anamorphic Gaze: Regarding the Worth of Others - Francisco Prado-Vilar
Muslim Shrouds for Christian Kings? A Reassessment of Andalusi Textiles in Thirteenth-Century Castilian Life and Ritual - María Judith Feliciano
Eschatology or Biography? Alfonso X, Muhammad’s Ladder and a Jewish Go-Between - Ana Echevarría
Friend “of” Foe: The Divided Loyalty of Álvar Fáñez in the Poema de mio Cid - Gregory B. Kaplan
Voices From the Bottom: Undressing for Good Love. “Non Ha Mala Palabra Si Non Es A Mal Tenida:” The Perverted Proverb in the El libro de buen amor - Louise O. Vasvári
“Going Between: The Hadîth Bayâd wa Riyâd and the Contested Identity of the 'Ajouz in 13th-Century Iberia” - Cynthia Robinson
How the Go-Between cut Her Nose: Two Ibero-Medieval Translations of a Kalilah Wa Dimnah Story - Luis M. Girón-Negrón
Garoza’s Gaze: Female Sexual Agency in El libro de buen amor - Gregory S. Hutcheson

The Mongol in the Text - Benjamin Liu


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