Shards of Love: Exile and the Origins of the Lyric (Paperback)Maria Rosa Menocal (author)
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It is in exile that Menocal locates the founding conditions for philology--as a discipline that loves origins--and for the genre of love songs that philology reveres. She crosses the boundaries, both temporal and geographical, of 1492 to recover the "original" medieval culture, with its Mediterranean mix of European, Arabic, and Hebrew poetics. The result is a form of literary history more lyrical than narrative and, Menocal persuasively demonstrates, more appropriate to the Middle Ages than to the revisionary legacy of the Renaissance. In discussions ranging from Eric Clapton's adaption of Nizami's Layla and Majnun, to the uncanny ties between Jim Morrison and Petrarch, Shards of Love deepens our sense of how the Middle Ages is tied to our own age as it expands the history and meaning of what we call Romance philology.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 210 x 152 x 22 mm
"This is a brilliant book, exhibiting far-ranging comparativist expertise, from Medieval Arabic, Hebrew, and Provencal lyric poetry, Dante and Petrarch, through the scholarly paladins of Romance philology and the Parry-Lordian theory of oral composition, up to modern rock music and its lyrics. . . . A pathfinding book."-Samuel G. Armistead, University of California, Davis