Imagining Iberia in English and Castilian Medieval Romance
Imagining Iberia in English and Castilian Medieval Romance offers a broad disciplinary, linguistic, and national focus by analyzing the literary depiction of Iberia in two European vernaculars that have rarely been studied together. Emily Houlik-Ritchey employs an innovative comparative methodology that integrates the understudied Castilian literary tradition with English literature. Intentionally departing from the standard “influence and transmission” approach, Imagining Iberia challenges that standard discourse with modes drawn from Neighbor Theory to reveal and navigate the relationships among three selected medieval romance traditions. This welcome volume uncovers an overemphasis in prior scholarship on the relevance of “crusading” agendas in medieval romance, and highlights the shared investments of Christians and Muslims in Iberia’s political, creedal, cultural, and mercantile networks in the Mediterranean world.
Keywordscross-confessional, Mediterranean, Iberia, Iberian literature, British literature, Fierabras, Ferumbras, Hystoria del emperador Carlo Magno, Sultan of Babylon, Sowdone of Babylone, Floire and Blancheflor, Floris and Blancheflour, Crónica de Flores y Blancaflor, Man of Law's Tale, Tale of Constance, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, Robert Payn, Juan de Cuenca, Nicolás de Piemonte, Nicholas Trevet, medieval romance, ChristianMuslim difference, Saracen, conversion, comparative study, neighborly comparison, neighbor, neighbor theory, neighboring text, Charlemagne, romance
ISBN9780472133352, 9780472220991, 9780472903559
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
Publication date and place2023
Literature: history & criticism
Literary studies: classical, early & medieval