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Mediterranean Studies 13 (2004)



1. Clara Estow, Mapping Central Europe: The Catalan Atlas and the European Imagination

2. Guy R. Mermier, The Romanian Bestiary: An English Translation and Commentary on the Ancient Physiologus Tradition

3. Vincent Barletta, Aljamiado-Morisco Narrative as Qur’anic Amplification: The Alhadith sobre el sacrificio de Ismail

4. Amy Aronson-Friedman, Identifying the Converso Voice in Fernando de Rojas’ La Celestina

5. Camille Wells Slights, Spanish Rulers and Slandered Women: Sicily on the Early Modern English Stage

6. Carla Rahn Phillips, Hard Times for the Tuna King: The Fisheries of the Duke of Medina Sidonia in 1728

7. Patrizia Granziera, Neo-Palladian Architecture and its Political Association: The Contribution of Venice to Eighteenth-Century British Art

8. Frans Ciappara, Christendom and Islam: A Fluid Frontier

9. Richard Raspa, Carnivalized Bodies in Portugal: Laughing at Death in the House of God

10. Henriette Javorek, Mediterranean Life Lessons in Gérard Gélas’s Ode à Canto

11. Petra M. Bagley, The Cosmopolitan Writer on the Orient Express: Leaving Turkey for Germany

About the Contributors:

Amy Aronson-Friedman is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Valdosta State University specializing in Medieval Spanish Literature and Hispanic Linguistics. Her primary area of interest is the conversos of Medieval Spain. Forthcoming articles include: “Double Marginalization of Converso Women in Jaume Roig’s Spill o Llibre de les donnes” and “DeChristianization in the Sephardic Romancero.” She is currently working on a volume of essays on conversos as well as other articles on this topic. A recent recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes scholarship for travel and study in Chile and Argentina, she is also a recipient of a King Juan Carlos of Spain Scholarship as well as a recipient of a grant by the Council of Jewish Federations.

Petra Bagley is Senior Lecturer in German in the Department of Languages and International Studies at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England. She also has the role of the Department’s Director of Research. Her research focuses on modern women’s writing from German-speaking countries, in particular Austrian autobiographical fiction and German literature since 1968. She is the author of Somebody’s Daughter: The Portrayal of Daughter-Parent Relationships by Contemporary Women Writers from German-speaking Countries (1996). Other publications include articles on the Catholic upbringing of women writers, daughter-father relationships and confessional literature. She regularly gives papers at international conferences. She is currently working on a book on Austrian boarding-school literature.

Vincent Barletta is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His forthcoming book is entitled, The Fabric of Time: Aljamiado-Morisco Literature as Cultural Practice. This book, an analysis of the Morsicos’ handwritten traditional Islamic narratives, reflects Barletta’s extensive work with aljamiado-morisco manuscripts and two years of post-doctoral study in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Barletta has previously published articles on reading and social practice in manuscript culture that have appeared in journals such as La corónica and Hispanic Review. He is currently working on a new book project that explores the relation between language ideologies and the exercise of power in medieval Iberia.

Frans Ciappara is a senior lecturer at the University of Malta and a specialist in the late eighteenth century. He has concentrated on such themes as the Enlightenment, the Roman Inquisition, and Church History in general. His books are Marriage in Malta in the Late Eighteenth Century (1988), The Roman Inquisition in Enlightened Malta (2000), Society and the Inquisition in Early Modern Malta (2001), and, Enlightenment and Reform in Malta, 1740-1798 (forthcoming). He has published numerous articles in such journals as Continuity and Change and the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, and contributed chapters to such volumes as Hospitaller Malta, 1530-1798: Studies on Early Modern Malta and the Order of St John of Jerusalem (1993), Melitensium Amor: Festschrift in Honour of Dun Gwann Azzopardi (2002), and, Le Inquisizioni Cristiane e gli Ebrei (2003).

Clara Estow is Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston and department Chair. She has written extensively on various aspects of medieval Castilian society and culture and is currently completing a book on gold in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period.

Patrizia Granziera is Professor of Art History at the University of Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico. She has published articles on English landscape gardens in such publications as the Journal of Intercultural Studies and Memorias del Primer Congreso Internacional de Estudios sobre la Imagen. At present her research concerns garden art in the pre-Hispanic world, and has published on the subject in Garden History and Antropología y Historia. At the same time she is continuing her research on eighteenth-century British landscape architecture, focusing on Palladian and Freemasonic architecture. Her article “Freemasonic Symbolism and Georgian Gardens” was recently published in Esoterica.

Henriette Javorek currently teaches at the University of Hamburg, the University of Lüneburg and the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg, Germany. Her research centers on theater, sociology and the role of the media in politics and international marketing communications. Her interest in alternative educational techniques has led her to develop LSR (Languages, Sports and Relaxation) an energetic language-teaching program that has received acclaim from the press both in the US and in Germany.

Guy R. Mermier, a native of Grenoble, France, recently retired from the University of Michigan, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and  as Director of the program in Medieval and Renaissance studies (MARC).  He was also the founder and chairman of the board of the Society Guilhem IX on Occitan literature and culture.  He continues to be active as editor of the series in the humanities for Peter Lang Publishing. He is the author of numerous articles and books on French literature, particularly on medieval Romance literatures. The French government recently promoted him to the rank of Officier des Palmes Academiques.

Carla Rahn Phillips is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the social, economic, and maritime history of Early Modern Europe, especially Spain and its empire. Publications include Ciudad Real, 1500-1750: Growth, Crisis and Readjustment in the Spanish Economy (1979); Six Galleons for the King of Spain: Imperial Defense in the Early Seventeenth Century (1986); and (co-authored with William D. Phillips) The Worlds of Christopher Columbus (1992) and Spain's Golden Fleece: Wool Production and the Wool Trade from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century (1997).

Richard Raspa is a professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Wayne State University. His interests include folklore, literature, and organizational theory. He has published four books, one of which co-authored with Elizabeth Mathias, Italian Folktales in America: The Verbal Art of an Immigrant Woman, received the international Botkin prize from the American Folklore Society for the best first book in the field of folklore. In 2005, his new book, Crossing Boundaries: End-of-Life Stories from a Multi-disciplinary Perspective will be published. A Fulbright Lecturer in Italy and an Ellsworth Fellow, he has published his research on European drama, on organizations such as General Motors and Dominos, on entrepreneurs such as Donald Trump and Ted Turner, and contributed chapters to books in folklore, literature, and organizational culture. He regularly teaches the China Study Trip at Zhejiang University and makes on-site visits to Chinese organizations. Most recently, he has begun teaching an interdisciplinary course with an emergency-care physician in the Wayne State University Medical School on narrative and medicine.

Camille Wells Slights is Professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She has published articles on early modern English literature in several journals and The Casuistical Tradition in Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert, and Milton (1981) and Shakespeare’s Comic Commonwealths (1993). She is currently working on a study of the concept of conscience and constructions of subjectivity in seventeenth-century English literature.