Cultures of the Fragment: Uses of the Iberian Manuscript, 1100-1600

By Heather Bamford

© 2018

The majority of medieval and sixteenth-century Iberian manuscripts, whether in Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, or Aljamiado (Spanish written in Arabic script), contain fragments or are fragments. The term fragment is used to describe not only isolated bits of manuscript material with a damaged appearance, but also any piece of a larger text that was intended to be a fragment. Investigating the vital role these fragments played in medieval and early modern Iberian manuscript culture, Heather Bamford’s Cultures of the Fragment is focused on fragments from five major Iberian literary traditions, including Hispano-Arabic and Hispano-Hebrew poetry, Latin and Castilian epics, chivalric romances, and the literature of early modern crypto-Muslims.

The author argues that while some manuscript fragments came about by accident, many were actually created on purpose and used in a number of ways, from binding materials, to anthology excerpts, and some fragments were even incorporated into sacred objects as messages of good luck. Examining four main motifs of fragmentation, including intention, physical appearance, metonymy, and performance, this work reveals the centrality of the fragment to manuscript studies, highlighting the significance of the fragment to Iberia’s multicultural and multilingual manuscript culture.

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  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
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  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.2in x 9.2in
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Cultures of the Fragment places fragments at the center of reading and non-reading uses of Iberian manuscripts. The book contests the notion that fragments came about accidentally, arguing that most fragments were created on purpose, as a result of a wide range of practical, intellectual and spiritual uses of manuscript material.

Cultures of the Fragment: Uses of the Iberian Manuscript, 1100-1600

By Heather Bamford

© 2018

The majority of medieval and sixteenth-century Iberian manuscripts, whether in Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, or Aljamiado (Spanish written in Arabic script), contain fragments or are fragments. The term fragment is used to describe not only isolated bits of manuscript material with a damaged appearance, but also any piece of a larger text that was intended to be a fragment. Investigating the vital role these fragments played in medieval and early modern Iberian manuscript culture, Heather Bamford’s Cultures of the Fragment is focused on fragments from five major Iberian literary traditions, including Hispano-Arabic and Hispano-Hebrew poetry, Latin and Castilian epics, chivalric romances, and the literature of early modern crypto-Muslims.

The author argues that while some manuscript fragments came about by accident, many were actually created on purpose and used in a number of ways, from binding materials, to anthology excerpts, and some fragments were even incorporated into sacred objects as messages of good luck. Examining four main motifs of fragmentation, including intention, physical appearance, metonymy, and performance, this work reveals the centrality of the fragment to manuscript studies, highlighting the significance of the fragment to Iberia’s multicultural and multilingual manuscript culture.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.2in x 9.2in
  • Reviews

    "Cultures of the Fragment is an ambitious study that covers a lot of territory chronologically, from Isidore of Seville to modern museum exhibits and from eleventh-century Hispano-Jewish lyric to the sociocultural realities of seventeenth-century Moriscos. The subject matter is a fascinating and productive category of analysis for the medieval Iberian literary and cultural tradition. With insightful close readings, Heather Bamford offers a theoretical way of framing that transcends a chronological or linguistic-based study."


    Michelle Hamilton, Spanish and Portuguese Studies, University of Minnesota

    "Insightful and engaging, Cultures of the Fragment allows for a much wider and more complex understanding of medieval and early modern Spanish literature, reflecting as it does a fragmented cultural heritage, a metonym of sorts of the society that produced these texts."


    Matthew Bailey, Department of Romance Languages, Washington and Lee University
  • Author Information

    Heather Bamford is an assistant professor of Spanish at George Washington University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Figures
    Acknowledgments

    Introduction
    1 Fragment and Fragmentary in the Iberian Epic
    2 From Bound to Metonym: Early Modern and Modern Disuse of Chivalric Fragments
    3 Used to Pieces: The Muwashshahas and Their Romance Kharjas from Al-Andalus to Cairo
    4 Faith in Fragments
    5 The Fragment among the Moriscos: Mohanmad de Vera’s Culture of Compilation
    Afterword
    Appendices

    1 Breviario Sunni , chapter 22; De Vera, chapter 9
    2 Breviario Sunni , chapter 14; De Vera, chapter 9
    3 Breviario Sunni , chapter 12; De Vera, chapter 10
    4 Breviario Sunni , chapter 11; De Vera, chapter 10
    5 BNM 4871; De Vera, chapter 44
    6 De Vera, chapter 18; BNM 4871
    7 End of De Vera’s Treatise

    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index

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