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The final work will develop a thesis based mainly on the analysis of a text

medieval primary and one of the following theoretical issues:

  • The interpretation of signs / misinterpretation
  • The representation of religious minorities
  • The anachronism
  • Cultural appreciation
  • The composition / writing of “History”
  • Fiction
  • Relations between Christians, Jews and Muslims.
  • The theory of coexistence (Américo Castro, María Rosa Menocal)
  • The Virgin Mary
  • The law and society
  • The speech of the Reconquest
  • Why is El Cid a hero?
  • Magic and religion before the Inquisition.
  • Good love / carnal love
The last section (about 2 pages) of the essay will examine how your analysis of the
Medieval material can help us understand a modern problem. 
Examples of Modern problems include:
-          Fake news, "the false news"; the media
-          The gender (gender or genre)
-          Racism or white supremacy
-          The representation of the USA by Trump in Europe
-          The reception of Islam in the present
-          Israel
-          Immigration in Spain
-          The role of monuments in culture and politics
The final work must include the following elements:
1. A clear and well written introduction that presents a strong thesis that can be demonstrated
with examples in the form of well-analyzed textual citations.
2. Definitions of the key terms of the thesis derived from the work or primary works. There is
to be in control of your terminology. Your analysis should be a process of
defining your key words. Examples of keywords: representation, interpretation,
Islam, gender, etc.

3. A conclusion.

4. A bibliography with 2 references of relevant and recent articles, books and chapters of books (published in the last 20 years). I do not want JSTOR 80s articles.

5. Few grammatical errors that can be solved with a dictionary / no errors orthographic. But: better with some errors than corrected by a friend or translated by Google.

6. Strongly recommended: an appointment to speak in person about your final work

Try to avoid / not have:

Very general statements about the Middle Ages (eg the condition of Jews, women, Muslims, Christians, the audience, the intellectuals, the church).

Rules 7-9 pages (7 full pages as a minimum). Double space, 12-point font (Times New Roman or Garamond), margins of 1 “. Cite according to the rules of the MLA (Modern Languages ​​Association) all materials (appointments of books, articles, electronic resources) used

Week 1:

What does the Middle Ages mean?
How to approach medieval Spain: primary texts, critical texts, cinema and the media.
The cavalry, the Nazis and the medieval manuscripts
1. Selection of the Tristán de Leónís (medieval knightly novel)
2. Images of medieval manuscript fragments of the Tristán de Leonís
3. David Perry, "What to do when Nazis are Obsessed with your Field
To write before class (bring copy to class): The gentleman Tristán de Leonís
corresponds to your own ideas about gentlemen?

Week 2
History and its stories

1. Ministry of time, episode 1 “Time is what is “(Netflix)

2. Hayden White, “The Historical Text as Literary Artifact”

To write: How is the time in the Ministry of time, episode 1?

Week 3

The medievalism

1. Dorothy Kim, “Teaching Medieval Studies in a Time of White Supremacy”

2. Rachel Fulton Brown’s reaction, “How to Signal You are Not a White Supremacist ”

3. María Eugenia Góngora Díaz, “Medievalism and Orientalism: The past is a foreign country” [pdf file] To write: What do the Nazis have to do with medieval studies?

María Eugenia Góngora Díaz, “Medievalism and orientalism: El past is a foreign country”

Week 4

Medieval Iberia past and present, the mosque-cathedral of Córdoba

1. María Rosa Menocal, “Culture in the Time of Tolerance: Al-Andalus as a Model for Our Time” [pdf file]

2. Antonio Urquízar Herrera, “The Mosque is mine”

3. Article on an incident in the Mosque of Cordoba and reactions of Vincent Barletta (“The Mosque of Cordoba (or something like that)”) Medieval Iberia in the Modern World

Week 5

1. Letter of Álvaro de Córdoba (ca. 800-861)
2. Robert Spenser, "A Muslim Professor Rewrites History"

Presentation 4: Robert Spenser, “A Muslim Professor Rewrites History”

Week 6
Coexistence (cont.)
1. Letter from Álvaro de Córdoba (cont.)
2. María Rosa Menocal, Ornament of the World, chapters 1 and 2
Multilingualism, the vernacular
1. Muwashahat and Kharjas reading guide
2. Two muwashahat
3. Karla Mallette, "Misunderstood" 
To write: Interpret the kharja [the last two verses of the poem] of one of the
poems What does it mean? Who is talking? Who is the voice talking to?
Week 7
The Virgin Mary, Alfonso the Wise and the medieval image

1. Alfonso X, Cantigas de Santa María (selection)

2. Images of the Cantigas

3. Kathleen Crowther, The Virgin Mary in Medieval Islam ”

To write: Identify two or three outgoing ideas from the Crowther article

4. Priscilla Blossom, “We Need to Talk about Marianismo”


To write: What is the relationship between the miniatures of the Cantigas and the cantigas same?

Week 8

Alfonso the Wise and the law

1.Selection, Luis Weckmann, The Medieval Heritage of Mexico, “Legal Systems, laws, protection, appeal and punishment, “428-442  

2. Guide to the seven games (“las siete partidas”)

3. Alfonso X, The seven games (selection) To write: Personal reflection: What is the difference between law and literature?

4. Alfonso X, The seven games (selection) [pdf file]

To write: React to a law that has caught your attention

Week 9 

El Cantar de Mio Cid, first cantar (poem) (selections), El Cid (1961) scenes

1. CMC reading guide and links on the CMC

2. Poem of Mio Cid, Sing first (selection)

3. Selections from the movie El Cid (1961)

The Poem of Mio Cid, second cantar (selection), the PMC manuscript

1. CMC Reading Guide

2. Poem by Mio Cid, Sing second (selection)

To write: What is the role of women in the CMC?

To write: Reactions to the content and style of the CMC, Sing First
Week 10

The Poem of Mio Cid, third cantar, the CMC in the means of communication

1. CMC Reading Guide

2. Poem by Mio Cid, Sing third (selection)

3. Joachim Küpper, “Ei (aa) roneia: The Politics of Religion in the Song of mine Cid”

To write: What could be the role of the Afrenta de Corpes in the CMC?

The book of good love, interpretation, prose

1. LBA Reading Guide

2. LBA prologue

Week 11
The Book of Good Love: Signs, Greek and Roman, Poetry
Visit of Emily Francomano
1. LBA prologue (cont.)
2. Episode of the Greeks and the Romans
To write: Investigate: Summarize the theory of the sign of Ferdinand Saussure
Umberto Eco, "The Theory of Signs and the Role of the Reader"
The LBA Online, DH project
1. Selections poetry LBA
2. Bamford and Francomano, "Digital-Medieval Manuscript Culture"
Week 12

Philosophy, religion and magic. The Spanish Inquisition

1. Ibn Rushd, Decisive Treatise (The Law and Philosophy)

2. Manuel José Pedraza García, “From clandestine books and necromancers”

To write: Summarize, as far as possible, the case of Pedro Bernardi.

What is your case?

Philosophy, religion and magic. Philosophy, religion and magic. The Inquisition Spanish (cont.)

1. Ibn Rushd, Decisive Treatise (The Law and Philosophy)

2. Manuel José Pedraza García, “From clandestine books and necromancers”

To write: Is there magic in your life?
Week 13
The tales of El Conde Lucanor, fables
1. Reading guide Conde Lucanor
2. Count Lucanor, selection of examples
3. Laurence De Looze, "Subversion of Meaning in Part 1 of 'Count Lucanor'"
To write: Compare and contrast the examples of the CL with the fables of Esopso,
Are they relevant today?
The Tales of El Conde Lucanor (cont.)
1. Don Juan Manuel, El Conde Lucanor, selection of examples
2. David Wacks, "Reconquest Colonialism and Andalusí Narrative in Don Juan
Manuel's Conde Lucanor "

Prisons of love: sentimental fiction, the author

1. Links about Love Prison

2. Diego de San Pedro, Prison of love (selection)

Roland Barthes, “Death of the Author”

To write: Why did the author die?

Week 14

Prisons of love: sentimental fiction, image and text

1. Diego de San Pedro, Prison of love (selection)

 2. Zhihui Fang, “Illustrations, Text, and the Child Reader: What are Pictures in Children’s Storybooks for? “

To write: Do you have a favorite children’s book? Why is your favorite?

Prisons of love: sentimental fiction, image and text

1. Diego de San Pedro, Prison of love (selection)

2. Jerome Groopman, “The History of Blood” Presentation 19: Jerome Groopman, “The History of Blood”

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