1st Edition

The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Medieval Iberia Unity in Diversity

Edited By E. Michael Gerli, Ryan D. Giles Copyright 2021
    668 Pages 17 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    668 Pages 17 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    668 Pages 17 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Medieval Iberia: Unity in Diversity draws together the innovative work of renowned scholars as well as several thought-provoking essays from emergent academics, in order to provide broad-range, in-depth coverage of the major aspects of the Iberian medieval world.

    Exploring the social, political, cultural, religious, and economic history of the Iberian Peninsula, the volume includes 37 original essays grouped around fundamental themes such as Languages and Literatures, Spiritualities, and Visual Culture.

    This interdisciplinary volume is an excellent introduction and reference work for students and scholars in Iberian Studies and Medieval Studies.




    PART I: The Environment

    1 Humans and the Environment in Medieval Iberia

    Abigail Agresta


    PART II: Societies, Polities, and Governments

    2 Fragmentation and Centralization: The Emergent Political Culture of the Medieval Crown of Aragon

    Thomas W. Barton

    3 Mudéjares and Moriscos

    Brian A. Catlos

    4 Otherness, Identities, and Cultures in Contact

    Jean Dangler

    5 The Visigothic and Suevic Kingdoms: The Road to Unity in Post-Roman Hispania

    Alberto Ferreiro

    6 Power and Politics in Iberian Societies, ca. 1035-1516

    Teófilo F. Ruiz

    7 The Law

    Jesús R. Velasco

    8 Sefarad

    David Wacks


    PART III Histories

    9 Re-reading the Conquest of Iberia: The Dynamism of a Medieval Tradition

    Nicola Clarke

    10 ʽAbd al-Raḥmān III and the Caliphate of Cordoba

    Maribel Fierro

    11 Writing the Past, Ordering the World: Alfonso the Wise’s Estorias within his Political and Cultural Agenda

    Leonardo Funes

    12 From Islamic to Christian Conquest: Fatḥ Invasion and Reconquista in Medieval Iberia

    Alejandro García-Sanjuán

    13 Islamogothic Iberia: The Tārīkh of Ibn al-Qūṭīyah

    Nasser Meerkhan


    PART IV Philosophy and Spirituality

    14 Corporeality and Soteriology in Medieval Spanish Hagiography: The Body as Signifier in the Libre dels tres reys d’Orient

    Andrew M. Beresford

    15 Contested Martyrdom: Voluntary Death and Blessed Cursing in the Works of Eulogius and Paulus Alvarus of Córdoba

    Ryan D. Giles

    16 Ramon Llull and Lullism

    Mark D. Johnston

    17 Toledo and Beyond: Bishops and Jews in Medieval Iberia

    Lucy K. Pick

    18 Turning and Returning: Religious Conversion and Personal Testimony in Iberian Societies

    Ryan Szpiech


    PART V Gender

    19 Medieval Iberian Women and Gender

    Marie A. Kelleher

    20 Iberian Queenship: Theory and Practice

    Núria Silleras-Fernández


    PART VI Languages and Literatures

    21 Digital Humanities and the Iberian Middle Ages

    Susanna Allés-Torrent

    22 The Galician-Portuguese Cantigas, the History of Emotion, and Lyric as Genre

    Henry Berlin

    23 Arabic Alongside and into Hebrew: Andalusi Hebrew Literary Culture in Meta-Critical Perspective

    Ross Brann

    24 From Heroes to Courtly Knights: The Rise and Development of Chivalric Narrative in Medieval Iberia

    Axayácatl Campos García Rojas

    25 Reflections of the Long Thirteenth Century: Curiosity, the Politics of Knowledge and Imperial Power in the Libro de Alexandre

    E. Michael Gerli

    26 Medieval Iberian Travel Literature

    Michael Harney

    27 Inscription, Authorship, Iteration: The Textuality of Medieval Catalan Literature

    Albert Lloret

    28 The Ḥadīth de Yúçuf: Reimagining a Prophet in a World of "Others’ Words"

    Andrea Pauw

    29 Extemporizing a Translation of the Arabic into Castilian: Translation and the Raciolinguistic Logic of Medieval Iberia

    S.J. Pearce

    30 Clerical Soundscapes

    Simone Pinet

    31 Rapture and Horror: Reading Celestina in Sixteenth-Century Spain

    Loreto Romero

    32 Framing Intercultural Encounters in Three Iberian Translations of Kalila wa-Dimna

    Rachel Scott

    33 Evidence for an Underlying Ibero-Romance Vernacular: The Nodicia de kesos vis-à-vis its Corresponding Notarial Act

    Omar Velázquez-Mendoza

    34 Epic Texts in Medieval Iberia: The Cultural Battlefield between Christians and Muslims

    Irene Zaderenko


    PART VII Visual Culture

    35 Mudejar Teruel: Decoding an Art-historical Mystery

    Marianne David

    36 Coloring Words: New Perspectives on Visual Culture in León and Castile (Thirteenth through Fourteenth Centuries)

    Marina Aurora Garzón Fernández and Francisco Prado-Vilar

    37 Performing Authority through Iconography: On Iberian Visionary Women and Images

    Rebeca Sanmartín Bastida


    E. Michael Gerli is Commonwealth Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Virginia, USA.

    Ryan D. Giles is Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, USA.

    "This book is a true companion, providing a panoramic view of Medieval Iberia while also presenting the state of the !eld in key areas. Hence the collection is a valuable resource for early modernists, as we are often called upon to teach the Medieval period, particularly in survey courses, and our research can only benefit from an appreciation for the latest work in a closely related field. The volume is informed by the fifty-year career of Michael Gerli, who is known for applying contemporary theory to early texts and whose research transits the two fields, as well as by the legacy of his impact upon his students, including his co-editor, Ryan Giles. Together, they assembled selections from an impressive range of scholars of different disciplines, generations and national traditions, drawing upon the cultural production of the many peoples and languages of Iberia —Semitic and Romance—, fulfilling their claims to decenter the Castilian canon and avoid facile teleologies and taxonomies."

    Crystal Anne Chemris, University of Oregon, US; Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, vol. 26, no. 2 (2021)