Session Title

Ritual Space and Sacred Limits in Medieval Iberian Literature

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Center for Inter-American and Border Studies, Univ. of Texas-El Paso

Organizer Name

Matthew V. Desing

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Texas-El Paso

Presider Name

Matthew V. Desing

Paper Title 1

In the Doorway of All Worlds: Enclosure, Aperture, and Poetic Sacrality in Early Vernacular Verse

Presenter 1 Name

Robin M. Bower

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Pennsylvania State Univ.–Beaver

Paper Title 2

A Hull, a Cave, a Tower: Enclosed Spaces of Spiritual and Physical Restoration or Death in the Libro de Apolonio, the Recontamiento de la doncella Carcayona, and the Romance de la Delgadina

Presenter 2 Name

Paul B. Nelson

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Louisiana Tech Univ.

Paper Title 3

The Sacred Dream in El Poema de Yūsuf: Mudéjar Captivity and Delayed Salvation

Presenter 3 Name

Ali Alsmadi

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Indiana Univ.-Bloomington

Paper Title 4

Ritual Spaces in Aljamiado-Morisco Manuscripts: The Island, the Path, and the Home

Presenter 4 Name

Donald W. Wood

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Oklahoma State Univ.

Start Date

11-5-2019 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1235

Description

Ways of forming sacred space vary across cultures and religions, and these processes may involve geography, architecture, and the plastic arts, but also sound and language, social interactions, and the written word. The contrast among different ways of constructing and delimiting ritual space is brought to the foreground in multi-confessional societies, like those of the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages. This panel seeks to examine ways of constructing space in these various societies, as well as their manifestations in the various textual traditions of the Peninsula. Examinations of literary spaces are increasingly informed by developments in related disciplines such as sociology, history, anthropology and religious studies, and spatial theories developed by scholars such as Lefebvre, Bourdieu, Certeau, and Foucault have given scholars tools to understand the ways these spaces function. This panel proposes to examine the intersection of examinations of space and explorations of ritual and religion through the literary artifacts of the Iberian Middle Ages. Matthew V. Desing

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May 11th, 1:30 PM

Ritual Space and Sacred Limits in Medieval Iberian Literature

Schneider 1235

Ways of forming sacred space vary across cultures and religions, and these processes may involve geography, architecture, and the plastic arts, but also sound and language, social interactions, and the written word. The contrast among different ways of constructing and delimiting ritual space is brought to the foreground in multi-confessional societies, like those of the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages. This panel seeks to examine ways of constructing space in these various societies, as well as their manifestations in the various textual traditions of the Peninsula. Examinations of literary spaces are increasingly informed by developments in related disciplines such as sociology, history, anthropology and religious studies, and spatial theories developed by scholars such as Lefebvre, Bourdieu, Certeau, and Foucault have given scholars tools to understand the ways these spaces function. This panel proposes to examine the intersection of examinations of space and explorations of ritual and religion through the literary artifacts of the Iberian Middle Ages. Matthew V. Desing