SPANISH 373 - Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
Section: 001 From the Cid to Cide Hamete: Representations of Muslims in Medieval and Early-Modern (Iberian) Literatures
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
This can be taken in conjunction with SPANISH 308. If taken for the Spanish minor, it can be used as a literature course.

Readings will mostly be in Spanish with some English translations.

Enforced Prerequisites:
SPANISH 275, 276, or SPANISH 277; or SPANISH 278 (or 290) or AMCULT 224; or RCLANG 324.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will involve a comparative study of the representation of Islam and Muslims by non-Muslim writers in medieval and early-modern literature of the Iberian peninsula. We will look in depth at the changing ways that Muslims appear from the early complaints of Alvarus of Córdoba, the depictions of Muslims as warriors in the Poema de Mio Cid, the polemical images in anti-Muslim polemical writings, the images of Muslims as musicians, invaders, and converts in the Cantigas de Santa María of king Alfonso X, el Sabio, and others. We will also include the shifting images of Muslims in Romancero songs, and follow the development of such images into the sixteenth century with Pérez de hita’s Guerras civiles de Granada, the novela morisca and El Abencerraje, and the immortal image of Cide Hamete, the purported Muslim author of Cervantes’ Don Quijote. We will link these shifting representations to the local, political, religious, and economic circumstances that inspired them, and explore the porous and often invisible boundary between praise and polemic.

Course Requirements:

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Class Format:

Readings will mostly be in Spanish with some English translations.

SPANISH 373 - Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (REC)
MWF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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Coursepack Location:
AccuCopy (518 E Williams st)
ISBN: 1589770331
El Abencerraje, Author: edited and with notes by Mark Groundland., Publisher: European Masterpieces 1st ed. 2006
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