The Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History: A Forgotten Heritage

Front Cover
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 184 pages
1 Review

Arabic culture was a central and shaping phenomenon in medieval Europe, yet its influence on medieval literature has been ignored or marginalized for the last two centuries. In this ground-breaking book, now returned to print with a new afterword by the author, Marķa Rosa Menocal argues that major modifications of the medieval canon and its literary history are necessary.

Menocal reviews the Arabic cultural presence in a variety of key settings, including the courts of William of Aquitaine and Frederick II, the universities in London, Paris, and Bologna, and Cluny under Peter the Venerable, and she examines how our perception of specific texts including the courtly love lyric and the works of Dante and Boccaccio would be altered by an acknowledgment of the Arabic cultural component.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

II
1
III
27
IV
71
V
91
VI
115
VII
137
VIII
155
IX
161
X
179
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1987)

Marandiacute;a Rosa Menocal is Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University, where she is Director of the Whitney Humanities Center. She is author of The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain and Shards of Love: Exile and the Origins of the Lyric.

Bibliographic information