Iberian Jewish Literature: Between Al-andalus And Christian Europe

Hardcover | August 8, 2007

byJonathan P. Decter

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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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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 top...

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.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 8, 2007Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253349133

ISBN - 13:9780253349132

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1. Poetry
1. Space: Landscape and Transition
2. Form: Varieties of Lamentation and Estrangement
3. Imagery: The Protean Garden

Part 2. Narrative
4. Context: Imagining Hebrew Fiction between Arabic and European Sources
5. Structure: Literature in Transition
6. Voice: Maqama and Morality
7. Space: Landscape, Geography, and Transition

Conclusion: Out of the Garden

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"[Decter] brings to bear a vast array of scholarship from the Arabic and Romance fields, as well as medieval Hebrew literature." -Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych, Indiana University