Nonmodern Iberia was a fluid space of shifting political kingdoms and culturally diverse communities. Scholars have long used a series of obsolete investigative frameworks such as the Reconquista, along with modern ideas of nation-states, periodization, and geography that are inadequate to the study of Iberia's complex heterogeneity.
In Edging Toward Iberia Jean Dangler argues that new tools and frameworks for research are needed. She proposes a combination of network theory by Manuel Castells and World-Systems Analysis as devised by Immanuel Wallerstein to show how network and system principles can be employed to conceptualize and analyze nonmodern Iberia in more comprehensive ways. Network principles are applied to the well-known themes of medieval trade and travel, along with the socioeconomic conditions of feudalism, slavery, and poverty to demonstrate how questions of power and temporal-historical change may be addressed through system tenets. Edging Toward Iberia challenges current historical and literary research methods and brings a fresh perspective on the examination of politics, identity, and culture.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division|
|Series:||Toronto Iberic Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Jean Dangler is a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane University.
Table of Contents
I. Part One: Fundamental Problems; Models and Methods
Chapter One: Fundamental Problems: Periodization and Geography
Chapter Two: Models and Methods: Network Theory and World-Systems Analysis
II. Part Two: Application of Methodology: Trade, Travel, and Socioeconomic Conditions
Chapter Three: The Islamicate Trade Network
Chapter Four: Nonmodern Iberian Travel and the Islamicate Travel Network
Chapter Five: Socioeconomic Conditions: Feudalism, "Slavery," and Poverty
III. Part Three: New Themes: Politics; Identity and Culture
Chapter Six: Politics
Chapter Seven: Identity and Culture
What People are Saying About This
"With the concept and reality of the network, Jean Dangler charts a course for rethinking scholarly approaches to the study of early Iberia. What emerges from this suggestive book is a dazzling and fluid inter-connectedness of Christian, Islamic, and African peoples and ideas. Edging toward Iberia reveals Iberias we scarcely knew existed, until now."
"Edging toward Iberia is a major contribution to the field of Iberian studies. Jean Dangler deconstructs the basic assumptions of much research in the field and provides a wealth of new critical tools. It is a theoretical manifesto for the field that has the potential to catalyse much innovative research."
"Edging toward Iberia is nothing short of a provocation. It calls on scholars of medieval Iberia to radically rethink their most basic categories, their founding principles of periodicity and geographical delimitation. Dangler, however, goes far beyond a mere questioning of the appropriateness of terminologies and periodizations she provides an erudite history of these and their effects on scholarship, and challenges her readers with a complex theoretical framework to reorganize an entire discipline. This is a most original and rousing book."