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Mediterranean Studies 18 (2009)



  1. David Vincent Meconi, Traveling without Moving: Love as Ecstatic Union in Plotinus, Augustine, and Dante

  2. Enrique Rodríguez-Picavea, The Military Orders and Hospitaller Activity on the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages

  3. Jonathan Ray, Iberian Jewry between East and West: Jewish Settlement in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean

  4. Stephen Ortega, Across Religious and Ethnic Boundaries: Ottoman Networks and Spaces in Early Modern Venice

  5. Mark Cooper Emerson, Messianic Prophecy during the Restoration of the Portuguese Crown, 1640–1668: The Prophetic Contributions of Bartolomeu Vaz Pinho (O Azul)

  6. Robert J. Topinka, Islam, England, and Identity in the Early Modern Period: A Review of Recent Scholarship

  7. Francis A. Dutra, Noble Brothers-in-Law in Love during the Reign of João IV (1640–1656)

  8. Rachel E. Hile, The Spanish Tragedy as Intertext for Orhan Pamuk’s Kar (Snow)

  9. Robert G. Collmer, John Donne: His Spanish Connections

  10. Anne Betty Weinshenker, A Mausoleum by Michel-Ange Slodtz: Visible and Invisible Components

  11. Flavia Laviosa, Modern Routes of Hope and Journeys of Faith in the Mediterranean: Apulia and Saint Nicholas of Bari


About the Contributors:

Robert G. Collmer is emeritus distinguished professor of English at Baylor University. He has specialized in English literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and has done research in Spanish and Dutch. He has taught in various universities in the United States and held administrative positions, for instance, for thirteen years serving as the graduate dean at Baylor. His overseas university appointments have been in Mexico, Paraguay, Holland, and Jordan. His articles in English and Spanish have appeared in various publications, e.g., JEGP, N&Q (New Series), Neophilologus, English Studies (Netherlands), Humanitas (Mexico), Comparative Literature Studies, Revue de Litterature Comparee, and Connotations. With A. G. H. Bachrach he translated and edited from Dutch and French The English Journals of Lodewijck Huygens (1982). A collector of rare books, especially illustrated editions, with emphasis on early Dutch, of Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, he edited Bunyan in Our Time (1989).

Francis A. Dutra is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he specializes in Portuguese and Brazilian History, with a chief focus on social and gender history. He is the author of Military Orders in the Early Modern Portuguese World: The Orders of Christ, Santiago and Avis (Aldershot, 2006) and co-editor with Harold Johnson of Pelo Vaso Traseiro. Sodomy and Sodomites in Luso-Brazilian History (Tuscon, 2007), the latter the winner of the Glyph Award in Gay and Lesbian Studies (2008).

Mark C. Emerson is Assistant Professor of History at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, specializing in late-medieval and early modern Portugal and Portugal overseas. He has published several articles on the Inquisition in Portugal. He is currently completing biographies of Maria de Jesus and Mariana da Purificação, two female, popular, mystics in seventeenth-century Portugal and Brazil.

Rachel E. Hile is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Linguistics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where she serves as editor of Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History. She is editor (as Rachel Hile Bassett) of Parenting & Professing: Balancing Family Work with an Academic Career; her articles on early modern English literature have appeared or are forthcoming in Shakespeare and Spenser: Attractive Opposites (ed. Julian Lethbridge), Spenser Studies, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies,and Studies in Philology.

Flavia Laviosa is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Italian Studies at Wellesley College, USA. She is a specialist in Italian women directors. Her current research is on the representations of violence against women in Italian cinema and media, and the ancient healing practice of tarantism in Southern Italy. She is the editor of the volume Visions of Struggle in Women’s Filmmaking in the Mediterranean (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010). Her articles have appeared in Mediterranean Studies, California Italian Studies, Studies in European Cinema, Italica, Rivista di Studi Italiani, Kinema, American Journal of Italian Studies, College Board-Special Focus, and Rivista Italiana di Linguistica Applicata.Her publications include essays in the edited collections (Ri)narrare il Meridione (Metauro, 2010), Watching Pages, Reading Pictures: Cinema and Modern Literature in Italy (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008), Teaching Italian Culture: Case Studies for an International Perspective (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008), Italian Cinema-New Directions (Peter Lang, 2005), La Scuola Italiana di Middlebury (Metauro, 2005), and Incontri con il Cinema Italiano (Sciascia, 2003).

Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J. is Assistant Professor of Patristic Theology at Saint Louis University. He holds Masters Degrees from Marquette University, obtained the Pontifical License in Greek and Latin Patrology from the Universität Innsbruck, and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Ecclesiastical History from the University of Oxford. His main areas of interest are the Christian conversion of the Roman Empire, as well as the thought of Augustine and Hippo and Dionysius the Areopagite. His publications have been mainly in the area of early Christianity, most recently “Becoming Gods by Becoming God’s: Augustine’s Mystagogy of Identification” in Augustinian Studies as well as a forthcoming monograph on Leo the Great with Brazos Press.

Stephen Ortega is an assistant professor in the History Department at Simmons College. His research focuses on cross-cultural contact in the early modern Mediterranean and centers principally on relations between Venice and the Ottoman Empire. He has published on cross cultural law and on the role of gender in Mediterranean encounters. Currently, he is working on a monograph that considers the different mechanisms of power that shaped Venetian/Ottoman relations. He also has a strong interest in world history and teaches a variety of world history classes at Simmons.

Jonathan Ray is the Samuel Eig Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Georgetown University, and has previously taught at U.C.L.A and Yale University. Ray specializes in medieval and early modern Jewish history, focusing on Sephardic society. His research explores the convivencia or coexistence between Christian, Muslim and Jewish societies in Iberia and throughout the broader Mediterranean world. He is the author of The Sephardic Frontier: The Reconquista and the Jewish Community in Medieval Iberia (Ithaca, 2006), as well as several articles on Jewish history and culture. He is currently working on a book that about the formation of the Sephardic Diaspora in the wake of 1492.

Enrique Rodríguez-Picavea is Profesor Titular of Medieval History at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid and is the author of fifteen books and more than seventy articles. Rodríguez-Picavea has directed a number of research teams, and has won the Extraordinary Award Doctoral, the Research Award “Conde de Cedillo” and the Research Award “Fernando Jiménez de Gregorio.” Among his books are: La formación del feudalismo en la meseta meridional castellana. Los señoríos de la Orden de Calatrava en los siglos XII-XIII, Madrid, 1994; Las Órdenes Militares y la frontera: la contribución de las Órdenes a la delimitación de la jurisdicción territorial de Castilla en el siglo XII (Madrid, 1995); La villa y la tierra de Talavera en la plena Edad Media. Orígenes, consolidación y desarrollo de un concejo de realengo (siglos XI-XIII) (Toledo, 1996); La villa y la tierra de Maqueda en la Edad Media. Evolución de un concejo toledano desde el realengo hasta el final del señorío calatravo (siglos XI-XV), (Toledo, 1996); Documentos para el estudio de la Orden de Calatrava en la meseta meridional castellana (1102-1302) (Madrid, 1999); La Corona de Castilla en la Edad Media (Madrid, 2000); La Corona de Aragón en la Edad Media, 2nd ed. (Madrid, 2006); Toledo y las tres culturas, 4th ed. (Madrid, 2007) (with Olga Pérez Monzón); and Orígenes y desarrollo de la señorialización en la villa de Talavera y su tierra (siglos XIII-XV) (Toledo, 2007).

Robert J. Topinka is a graduate student at the University of Kansas, where he studies literature and literary theory. His research focuses on early modern literature with a particular interest in cross-cultural formations. He is currently working on the historical figure of Katherine of Aragon and her role in Shakespeare and Fletcher’s play, Henry VIII.

Anne Betty Weinshenker is Professor of Art History and Director of the Art History program at Montclair State University. Her most recent publication is A God or a Bench: Sculpture as a Problematic Art during the Ancien Régime (2008). She is currently preparing a study of works by the Italo-Flemish painter Niccolino van Houbraken.