The Arts of Encounter: Christians, Muslims, and the Power of Images in Early Modern Spain

By Catherine Infante

© 2022

Images of crosses, the Virgin Mary, and Christ, among other devotional objects, pervaded nearly every aspect of public and private life in early modern Spain, but they were also a point of contention between Christian and Muslim cultures. Writers of narrative fiction, theatre, and poetry were attuned to these debates, and religious imagery played an important role in how early modern writers chose to portray relations between Christians and Muslims.

Drawing on a wide variety of literary genres as well as other textual and visual sources, including historical chronicles, travel memoirs, captives’ testimonies, and paintings, Catherine Infante traces the references to religious visual culture and the responses they incited in cross-confessional negotiations. She reveals some of the anxieties about what it meant to belong to different ethnic or religious communities and how these communities interacted with each other within the fluid boundaries of the Mediterranean world. Focusing on the religious image as a point of contact between individuals of diverse beliefs and practices, The Arts of Encounter presents an original and necessary perspective on how Christian-Muslim relations were perceived and conveyed in print.

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  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 264 pages
  • Illustrations: 18
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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The Arts of Encounter uncovers the significant role of religious images in literature, offering a new approach to understanding Christian-Muslim relations in early modern Spain.

The Arts of Encounter: Christians, Muslims, and the Power of Images in Early Modern Spain

By Catherine Infante

© 2022

Images of crosses, the Virgin Mary, and Christ, among other devotional objects, pervaded nearly every aspect of public and private life in early modern Spain, but they were also a point of contention between Christian and Muslim cultures. Writers of narrative fiction, theatre, and poetry were attuned to these debates, and religious imagery played an important role in how early modern writers chose to portray relations between Christians and Muslims.

Drawing on a wide variety of literary genres as well as other textual and visual sources, including historical chronicles, travel memoirs, captives’ testimonies, and paintings, Catherine Infante traces the references to religious visual culture and the responses they incited in cross-confessional negotiations. She reveals some of the anxieties about what it meant to belong to different ethnic or religious communities and how these communities interacted with each other within the fluid boundaries of the Mediterranean world. Focusing on the religious image as a point of contact between individuals of diverse beliefs and practices, The Arts of Encounter presents an original and necessary perspective on how Christian-Muslim relations were perceived and conveyed in print.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 264 pages
  • Illustrations: 18
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Catherine Infante is an assistant professor of Spanish at Amherst College.
  • Table of contents

    Note on Translations and Transliterations

    Introduction

    1. Moriscos between Cross and Crescent
    2. Text against Image in Moriscos’ Literary Culture
    3. Granada and the Poetics of Sacred Space
    4. Marian Images of Conversion
    5. Images of Mary on the Battlefield
    6. Captive Images and Forged Identities

    Conclusion

    Works Cited

    Illustrations

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