JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Section: 004 Conversion and Conversos in Late-Medieval Iberian Literature
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
May be elected three times for credit.
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This course will consider the pivotal role of religious conversion in the cultural production of Jews, Christians, and Muslims in late-medieval Iberia (1300-1500), with a focus on the fifteenth-century. We will read texts by and about conversion before the massive riots of 1391, in which many thousands of Jews were forced to convert to Christianity, and then we will trace the changes in attitude about conversion in the converso society of the fifteenth century with the emergence of the concept of crypto-Jews and limpieza de sangre. We will also consider the place of conversion to and from Islam, and explore the importance of hybrid languages (mozarabic, ladino, aljamiado) in preserving religious identity.

Some texts we will read include selections from conversion narratives by Abner of Burgos, Pablo de Santa Maria, Anselm Turmeda, and others, texts in defense of converts by Alfonso de Cartagena and Alonso de Oropesa, historiographical poems by converts, and possibly cancionero poetry that uses religious identity as a metaphor in insults and praise.

Discussion will be in Spanish, and readings will include a mixture of English and Spanish.

JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Meets with Slavic 270.001
003 (REC)
Th 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: This class ties in with our Frankel Institute Visiting Fellow Colloquia series.
004 (REC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with Spanish 451.001.
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