Courses of Study 2013-2014 
    Oct 28, 2021  
Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SPAN 6560 - [The Cross and the Crescent in Iberia]

Fall. 4 credits.

Next offered 2014-2015. Conducted in Spanish.

M. A. Garcés.

This course concentrates on the twin themes of cultural frontiers and exchanges in the early modern Mediterranean, where the writer Miguel de Cervantes played an important role as a soldier and captive. We will explore contacts between Muslims and Christians in texts produced after the conquest of Granada in 1492, as well as in later Iberian works centered on Algiers, Sicily, Cyprus, and Constantinople in the 16th and 17th centuries. Particular attention will be paid to the dynamic improvisation of identities who converted to Islam and fled to Ottoman territories. Course readings will include Spanish reports of captivity and plays, novels, and eyewitness accounts of life in Granada, Algiers, and Constantinople by Busbecq, Calderón, Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Diego Galán, Nuñez-Muley, Pérez de Hita, and Antonio de Sosa, among others. Course selections will be supplemented with an ample range of critical approaches.

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