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The Routledge Hispanic Studies Companion to Medieval Iberia
Unity in Diversity

ISBN 9781138629325
Published May 31, 2021 by Routledge
668 Pages 17 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.




Table of Contents

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

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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)