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Islam in Spanish Literature

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"Islam in Spanish Literature is a sweeping reinterpretation of Spanish literature, taking as its given the enormous debt to Arab culture that Spain incurred through the eight centuries of Islamic presence on the Iberian Peninsula. This volume takes up the thread of the work of the Arabist Miguel Asmn Palacios, the first to comment extensively upon the marked Islamic features in many Spanish classics. After an initial survey of the presence of Islam and Judaism in Spanish history and culture, succeeding chapters explore the Muslim context of Juan Ruiz, the author of the "Libro de buen amor; St John of the Cross; St Teresa de Jesus; the anonymous sonnet "No me mueve, mi Dios"; "aljamiado-morisco literature and then "official" Moorophile literature, standing in such dramatic contrast to one another; and last, the novelist Juan Goytisolo, who, writing today, continues to reflect upon the impact of the East on Spanish culture. It is no exaggeration to state that this book redefines the ground of the study of Spanish literature; it will be hard for the contemporary reader ever again to read it with innocence, as a literature exclusively "European."
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Luce Lopez-Baralt, Ph.D. Harvard University (1974) is Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literatures, University of Puerto Rico. Her publications include: San Juan de la Cruz y el Islam (1985), Huellas del Islam en la literatura espanola. De Juan Ruiz a Juan Goytisolo (1985), Un 'Kama Sutra espanol. El primer tratado erotico de nuestra lengua (ms. S-2 BRAH Madrid), and as editor: Sadilies y alumbrados, Miguel Asin Palacios (1990), and Obra completa de San Juan de la Cruz (1991).


'A welcome new harvest in the comparatively narrow field of Islamic influences on Spanish literature.' NAOS, 1994. 'L'interet des travaux de L.L.-B. est d'attirer l'attention sur des influences possibles que certains ont tendance a oublier. ...le travail de L.L.-B. [...] contribue a une meilleure connaissance du fond arabe [...] de la culture espagnole.' Claude Gilliot, Revue des Sciences Philosophiques et Theologiques, 1995.

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