Medieval European literature was once thought to have been isolationist in its nature, but recent scholarship has revealed the ways in which Spanish and Italian authors - including Cervantes and Marco Polo - were influenced by Arabic poetry, music, and philosophy. A Sea of Languages brings together some of the most influential scholars working in Muslim-Christian-Jewish cultural communications today to discuss the convergence of the literary, social, and economic histories of the medieval Mediterranean. This volume takes as a starting point Maria Rosa Menocal's groundbreaking work The Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History, a major catalyst in the reconsideration of prevailing assumptions regarding the insularity of medieval European literature. Reframing ongoing debates within literary studies in dynamic new ways, A Sea of Languages will become a critical resource and reference point for a new generation of scholars and students on the intersection of Arabic and European literature.
Suzanne Conklin Akbari is a professor in the Department of English and the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. Karla Mallette is an associate professor in the Departments of Italian and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan.
In Memoriam Acknowledgments 1 Introduction: The Persistence of Philology: Language and Connectivity in the Mediterranean SUZANNE CONKLIN AKBARI Part One: Philology in the Mediterranean 2 Beyond Philology: Cross-Cultural Engagement in Literary History and Beyond SHARON KINOSHITA 3 Linguistic Difference, the Philology of Romance, and the Romance of Philology SIMON GAUNT 4 Forging New Paradigms: Towards a History of Islamo-Christian Civilization JOHN TOLAN 5 Reflections on Muslim Hebraism: Codex Vindobonensis Palatinus and al-Biqa'i WALID A. SALEH 6 "Mixing the East with the West": Cosmopolitan Philology in Richard Burton's Translations from Cam es PAULO LEMOS HORTA 7 Reading Backward: The 1001 Nights and Philological Practice KARLA MALLETTE Part Two: The Cosmopolitan Frontier: Andalusi Case Studies 8 Andalusi "Exceptionalism" ROSS BRANN 9 The Convivencia Wars: Decoding Historiography's Polemic with Philology RYAN SZPIECH 10 "In One of My Body's Gardens": Hearts in Transformation in Late Medieval Iberian Passion Devotions CYNTHIA ROBINSON 11 Arab Musical Influence on Medieval Europe: A Reassessment DWIGHT REYNOLDS 12 Sicilian Poets in Seville: Literary Affinities across Political Boundaries WILLIAM GRANARA 13 Vidal Benvenist's Efer ve-Dinah between Hebrew and Romance DAVID A. WACKS 14 The Shadow of Islam in Cervantes's "El Licenciado Vidriera" LEYLA ROUHI 15 "The Finest Flowering": Poetry, History, and Medieval Spain in the Twenty-First Century MAR A ROSA MENOCAL 16 Boustrophedon: Towards a Literary Theory of the Mediterranean KARLA MALLETTE Bibliography Contributors