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Title: Framing Iberia: Maqama and Frametale Narratives in Medieval Spain
Author: Wacks, David A
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2007
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004158283
Volumes: 1; Pages: xvi, 280
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Framing Iberia is a study of medieval Iberian culture observed through the lens of the frametale, a type of story collection cultivated by medieval Iberian authors in several languages. Its best known examples outside of Iberia are Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Boccaccio's Decameron, and the Thousand and One Nights. In Framing Iberia the author relocates the Castilian classics El Conde Lucanor and El Libro de buen amor within a literary tradition that includes works in Arabic, Hebrew, Latin, and Romance. In doing so, he draws on current critical theory and cultural studies in reevaluating how the multicultural society of medieval Iberia is reflected in its narrative literature.