1. Toward a Literary History of the Kingdom of Sicily 2. An Archeology of the Sicilian Park 3. Frederick II and the Genesis of a Sicilian Romance Culture 4. Rereading Le Origini: Sicilian Romance Poetry and the Language of Natural Philosophy 5. Beyond Le Origini: Sicilian Romance Poetry in a Feminine Voice 6. Vernacularity and Sicilian Culture TEXTS IN TRANSLATION From the Arabic Ibn Hamdis "In youth, the soul attains its desire" (from the Siqilliyyat) "Because of long-lasting grief " (from the Siqilliyyat) "Oh, garden of love" "You tortured me with the two elements" Abu Musa "Oh, blonde tribe, my blood is on your hands" "My tears expose my love" Al-Atrabanishi, "Oh, Favara of the two seas!" Al-Buthayri and Ibn Bashrun, "Pass round the golden carnelian-red [wine]" Abu al-Daw', "The radiant moon has been extinguished" Abu Hafs, "He sought solace" Introduction to al-Idrisi's Geography The Travels of Ibn Jubayr The Daughter of Ibn 'Abbad and Frederick II From the Latin Henricus Aristippus's Preface to His Translation of Plato's Phaedo, ca. 1156 Preface to a Translation of Ptolemy's Almagest by an Unknown Translator, ca. 1160 "Hugo Falcandus" on the Death of William and the Arrival of the Germans Peter of Eboli, Lament on the Death of William II Frederick II, Hunting with Birds Frederick II and Lucera Innocent IV Excommunicates Frederick The Destruction of Lucera From the Old French Introduction to the Book of Sydrac From the Sicilian Giacomo da Lentini "Maravigliosamente" "Amor non vole" "Or come pote si gran donna intrare" "A l'aire claro o vista ploggia dare" Frederick II, "Dolze meo drudo" Mazzeo di Ricco, "Sei anni o travagliato" Rinaldo d'Aquino, "Gia mai non mi conforto" Guido delle Colonne, "Ancor che l'aigua per lo foco lassi" Anonymous, "Oi lassa 'namorata" Notes Bibliography Index Acknowledgments
Karla Mallette teaches civilization studies at American University of Beirut.
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