SPANISH 375 - Topics in Hispano/Islamic/Sephardic Cultures
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Race and the Representation of Muslims in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
SPANISH 277; or SPANISH 278 or AMCULT 224 or LATINOAM 224; or RCLANG 324; or study abroad equivalent (SP27 student group).
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, mostly from 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.

Most readings and all writing and discussion will be in Spanish.

This course counts as literature credit for the Spanish minor.


SPANISH 375 - Topics in Hispano/Islamic/Sephardic Cultures
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001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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