Iberian Jewish Literature: Between al-Andalus and Christian Europe

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Indiana University Press, Aug 8, 2007 - Literary Collections - 320 pages
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This stimulating and graceful book explores Iberian Jewish attitudes toward cultural transition during the 12th and 13th centuries, when growing intolerance toward Jews in Islamic al-Andalus and the southward expansion of the Christian Reconquista led to the relocation of Jews from Islamic to Christian domains. By engaging literary topics such as imagery, structure, voice, landscape, and geography, Jonathan P. Decter traces attitudes toward transition that range from tenacious longing for the Islamic past to comfort in the Christian environment. Through comparison with Arabic and European vernacular literatures, Decter elucidates a medieval Hebrew poetics of estrangement and nostalgia, poetic responses to catastrophe, and the refraction of social issues in fictional narratives.

Published with the generous support of the Koret Foundation.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART I POETRY
17
Landscape and Transition
19
Varieties of Lamentation and Estrangement
39
The Protean Garden
72
PART II NARR ATIVE
97
Imagining Hebrew Fiction between Arabic andEuropean Sources
99
Literature in Transition
125
Maqama and Morality
157
Landscape Geography and Transition
175
NOTES
215
BIBLIOGRAPHY
275
INDEX
297
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Jonathan P. Decter is Assistant Professor and holds the Edmond J. Safra Chair in Sephardic Studies, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University.

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