Imagining Iberia in English and Castilian Medieval Romance (Hardcover)

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Imagining Iberia in English and Castilian Medieval Romance offers a broad disciplinary, linguistic, and national focus by analyzing the literary depiction of Iberia in two European vernaculars that have rarely been studied together. Emily Houlik-Ritchey employs an innovative comparative methodology that integrates the understudied Castilian literary tradition with English literature. Intentionally departing from the standard “influence and transmission” approach, Imagining Iberia challenges that standard discourse with modes drawn from Neighbor Theory to reveal and navigate the relationships among three selected medieval romance traditions. This welcome volume uncovers an overemphasis in prior scholarship on the relevance of “crusading” agendas in medieval romance, and highlights the shared investments of Christians and Muslims in Iberia’s political, creedal, cultural, and mercantile networks in the Mediterranean world.  

About the Author

Emily Houlik-Ritchey is Assistant Professor of English at Rice University.

Praise For…

Imagining Iberia offers a new and valuable approach to reading neighboring texts in different languages and with diverse backgrounds. We medievalists have been expressing a desire to expand beyond the boundaries that previous generations of medievalists have built. Houlik-Ritchey’s book provides us with an alternative approach.” 

—Miriamne Krummel, University of Dayton

— Miriamne Krummel

Product Details
ISBN: 9780472133352
ISBN-10: 0472133357
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: February 6th, 2023
Pages: 250
Language: English