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Texts and Contexts in the 13th Century
Elena González Blanco García
Elena González Blanco García is Assistant Professor in Medieval Literature at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) and the academic director of the recently created Digital Humanities Innovation Lab at that institution. Her recent book La cuaderna vía española en su marco panorámico (2010) considers the poetry of 13th-century Spain in the context of a larger European medieval literary culture inflected and integrated by a still vigorous Latin inheritance.
Clara Pascual-Argente is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Rhodes College. She specializes in medieval Castilian literature and culture, particularly their relationships with other European literatures through textual and visual translation and adaptation, and currently holds the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Medieval Studies at Notre Dame. She is preparing a monograph entitled The Invention of Medieval Antiquity: Memory and Anachronism in the Iberian Roman Antique.
Anthony John Lappin
Anthony John Lappin is Professor of Spanish and Head of Department at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. He is currently a EURIAS fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsalas Universitet. He has published extensively on 11th- to 13th-century Iberian hagiography, with particular attention to the works of Gonzalo de Berceo. His latest book is an edition and translation of Robert of Ketton’s 12th-century Alcoran latinus (2011), the first surviving translation of the Qur’an into a European language
Mester de Clerecía and the Poetics of Crossing
Olivier Biaggini is Associate Professor in Spanish Medieval Literature at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle—Paris III in Paris, France. He has worked extensively on hagiography and clerical literature of the Spanish Middle Ages, dealing with questions of authority, exemplarity, fiction and truth. His most recent publication is Miracles d’un autre genre. Reécritures médiévales en dehors de la hagiographie (2012), co-edited with Bénédicte Milland-Bove.
Fernando Baños Vallejo
Fernando Baños Vallejo is Associate Professor of Spanish Medieval Literature and Chair of the Department of Hispanic Philology at the Universidad de Oviedo, Spain, and has been visiting professor at the Université de Toulouse, France, and most recently, at Columbia University in 2011. His research focuses on medieval saints’ legends, on which he has published numerous articles and the monograph Las vidas de santos en la literatura medieval española (2003).
Pablo Ancos, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, focuses on the formal properties of mester de clerecía verse and their intersection with larger literary-historical currents. His book Transmisión y recepción primarias de la poesía del ‘mester de clerecía’ (2012) investigates the transmission and reception of the narrative poetry of 13th-century Spain.
Carina Zubillaga is Director of the Practicum Program in Spanish Literature at the Universidad de Buenos Aires whose research interests include textual scholarship and manuscript studies. Her critical edition Antología castellana de relatos medievales (2008) bridges a scholarly interest in the literary cultures of the 13th century with a technical interest in scholarly editing.
Emily Francomano, Associate Professor at Georgetown University, has published several articles on the Libro de buen amor. Her most recent book (2013) is Three Spanish Querelle Texts: Grisel and Mirabella, The Slander, and The Defense of Women Against Slanderers; A Bilingual Edition and Study, and she has published a monograph on of gender and epistemology, Wisdom and Her Lovers in Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic Literature (2008).
Gregory Kaplan is Lindsey Young Professor of Spanish in the Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures Department at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville). His work has been particularly influential in the study of the converso literature of medieval and early modern Spain: he is the author of The Evolution of Converso Literature: The Writings of the Converted Jews of Medieval Spain (2002) and the editor of Marginal Voices: Studies of the Converso Literature of Medieval and Golden Age Spain (2012).
Michelle M. Hamilton is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where she offers courses on religious studies, Jewish studies, and Spanish literature and culture. She has published widely on multi-confessional Iberia. Recent publications include Beyond Faith: Belief, Morality and Memory in a Fifteenth-Century Judeo-Iberian Manuscript (2014) and In and Of the Mediterranean: Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies (2014). She is currently working on a project examining the intersections of translation, ruins and wonder in the Iberian Arabic and Romance traditions.
Amaia Arizaleta is Professor of Medieval Spanish Literature at the University of Tolouse-Le Mirail. Her research interests include the intersection of juridical documents with hagiographic and poetic texts, the sources and compositional techniques of the Libro de Alexandre, and its relationship to the medieval models of organizing knowledge, the trivium and the quadrivium. Her 2010 book Les clercs au palais. Chancellerie et écriture du pouvoir royal (Castille, 1157- 1230) analyses the writing that proceeded from Castilian chanceries of the late middle ages.
E. Michael Gerli
E. Michael Gerli is Commonwealth Professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia. He has authored some 150 publications on medieval and renaissance literary and linguistic themes and serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals and presses in both the U.S. and abroad. His most recent book, Celestina and the Ends of Desire (2011), was awarded the Modern Language Association of America’s twenty-second annual Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for an outstanding book in the field of Latin American and Spanish literatures and cultures.
María Cristina Balestrini
María Cristina Balestrini is a professor at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Her research interests include medieval hagiography as well as 13th-century poetry, and she has published widely on the poetic and cultural production of medieval Spain.
Julian Weiss is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Studies and Director of the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies at King’s College London. He has produced numerous critical editions of medieval and early modern texts as well as many highly influential works of criticism focusing on medieval Spanish literary culture. His 2006 book The ‘Mester de clerecía’: Intellectuals and Ideologies in Thirteenth-Century Castile was awarded the annual international book prize from the journal La Corónica.
The Libro de buen amor Reads Clerecia
Materiality, Corporeality, and Clerecía Poetry
Connie Scarborough is Professor of Spanish at Texas Tech University. Her research has spanned textual scholarship, literary criticism and theory, and Marian devotion. She has produced critical editions as well as scholarly studies of medieval and early modern works. Her most recent book (2009) is A Holy Alliance: Alfonso X’s Political Use of Marian Poetry.
Robin Bower is Associate Professor of Spanish at Penn State, Beaver, specializing in medieval and early modern literature. She has published on the hagiographies of Gonzalo de Berceo, and is interested in modern reception and transformation of medieval aesthetic and ideological categories.
Andrew Beresford is Reader, Head of Department, and Director of Education in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Durham, UK. He has published widely on a variety of topics related to hagiography and gender, early poetic and narrative theory, and the vernacular reception of Latin hagiography in Spain. His most recent book is The Severed Breast: The Legends of Saints Agatha and Lucy in Medieval Castilian Literature (2010).
Martha Daas is Associate Professor of Spanish at Old Dominion University. Her research interests include popular manifestations of religion in the Spanish Middle Ages and religious parody. Her book, The Politics of Salvation: Gonzalo de Berceo’s Reinvention of the Marian Myth, was published in 2011.