Marginal Voices: Studies in Converso Literature of Medieval and Golden Age Spain

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Amy I. Aronson-Friedman, Gregory B. Kaplan
BRILL, Feb 3, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 253 pages
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The conversos of late medieval and Golden Age Spain were Christians whose Jewish ancestors had been forced to change faiths within a society that developed a preoccupation with pure Christian lineage. The aims of this book is to shed new light on the cultural impact of this social climate, in which public suspicion of the religious sincerity of conversos became widespread and scrutiny by the Inquisition came to impede social advancement and threaten life and property. The bulk of the essays center on literary works, including lesser known and canonical pieces, which are analyzed by scholars who reveal the heterogeneous nature of textual voices that are informed by an awareness of the marginal status of conversos. Contributors are Gregory B. Kaplan, Ana Benito, Patricia Timmons, David Wacks, Bruce Rosenstock, Laura Delbrugge, Michelle Hamilton, Deborah Skolnik Rosenberg, Kevin Larsen and Luis Bejarano.
 

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Contents

Studies in Converso Literature of Medieval and Golden Age Spain
1
The Inception of Limpieza de Sangre Purity of Blood and its Impact in Medieval and Golden Age Spain
19
Inquisition and the Creation of the Other
43
Conflicted Identity and Colonial Adaptation in Petrus Alfonsis Dialogus contra judaeos and Disciplina clericalis
69
Convivencia and Conversion in Gonzalo de Berceos El judïezno
91
Alonso de Cartagena Francisco de Vitoria and Converso Political Theology
117
The Converso Element in the Summa de paciencia 1493 and the Thesoro de la passion 1494
141
A JudeoSpanish Version of the Danza de la muerte
161
The Converso and the Spanish Picaresque Novel
183
The Case of the Jacob and Joseph Stories
207
AntiSemitic Discourse or the Voice of a Disguised Converso in a SeventeenthCentury Spanish Treatise
233
Index
249
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Amy Aronson-Friedman, Ph.D. (2000) in Hispanic Linguistics and Medieval Spanish Literature, Temple University, is Associate Professor of Spanish and ESOL at Valdosta State University. She has published extensively on the conversos of medieval Spain. Gregory B. Kaplan, Ph.D. (1994) in Medieval Spanish Philology, University of Pennsylvania, is Professor of Spanish at the University of Tennessee. He has published a number of studies on converso literature including The Evolution of 'Converso' Literature (UP of Florida, 2002).

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