The Position of Magic in Selected Medieval Spanish Texts available in Hardcover
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It is difficult to assess an explanation of a belief, or a belief system in words, Tobienne begins, and harder still to assign signification to such inexplicable conviction[s]. This book addresses the often blurred line[s] between magic, religion, and science within Spanish literature and history, and is divided into three parts. The first section offers a brief overview of Spanish history from the fifth century through the seventh century and looks at the divide between white and black magic. White magic is often attributed to a divine agency, whereas black magic is the result of dark or demonic influences. The second part of the book looks at Alfonso X (also known as el Sabio, or the Wise) and his Las Siete Partidas and Lapidario, and the role of how magic was received in the Spanish university system and translating centers and spaces within Alfonso's court. The final section examines two poems: Auto de Los Reyes Magos and the Vida de Santa Maria Egipciaca in terms of the white magic concepts of mirabilia and miracula. Collectively, these poems alongside Bishop Isidore of Seville's Etymologiae contribute to the discourse of a Medieval Spain and its rich, intellectual history and moreover, provides a launching pad into this discussion regarding a small window of quasi-tolerance in Spain amidst Muslims, Jews, and Christians.
|Publisher:||Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Professor Francis Tobienne, Jr. is a Purdue Doctoral Fellow and is a medievalist who specializes in Middle English Language and Literature, Medieval Iberia, Magic and Monster Theory. He has published his first monograph, The Position of Magic In Selected Medieval Spanish Texts (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008) and is at work as a Dali Researcher at the Dali Museum on his second manuscript, tentatively titled: Dali's Medievalism: La Brujeria de Las Mujeres. He has taught at Purdue University, Eckerd College -PEL and continues to teach Composition Writing, Professional Writing and Literature at University of South Florida-St. Pete (USF-SP). Further, his poetry can be found in Afroeurpa: Journal of Afroeuropean Studies, Harvard University's The Dudley Review (Harvard UP), and The Matthew House Project. He has written numerous articles and book reviews on cultural matters for the Purdue BCC Newsletter, Hortulus, The Sycamore Review, The Sixteenth Century Journal and Callaloo. He hopes to continue his teaching, researching and writing at USF-SP where he has taken up root, and though originally from St. Croix-Virgin Islands, looks forward to calling Florida a home away from home.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tobienne's work is surprisingly accessible! His thought on occult and esoteric discontinuity on the medieval Spanish frontier is admirable. The knock on this book however is that it simply whets your appetite. More, more, more please!