Making Difference in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia by Jean Dangler

By Jean Dangler

Medieval Iberia was once a multicultural territory of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian societies in consistent geographic, cultural, political, and monetary touch. during this attractive research, Jean Dangler examines the best way that principles of distinction have been solid in 4 varieties of medieval Iberian discourse: muwashshah/jarcha poems from al-Andalus, Andalusi "cutting poems," clinical literature concerning the physique, and portrayals of the monster. She argues that the texts reveal the 2 basic precepts of medieval Iberian alterity: multifaceted topic formation and the include of contrasts and the detrimental. Dangler explores how the 4 discourses she analyzes replaced within the early glossy interval from an recognition of distinction to extra inflexible thoughts of subjectivity and the marginalization of difference-a shift accompanying the increase of the Castilian geographical region and its imposition of static hierarchies of value.

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