IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1621: Lovers and Warriors of Christ: Medieval Spanish Ambiguities

Thursday 15 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Moderator/Chair:Brian J. Levy, Department of French, University of Hull
Paper 1621-aWhen Lovers Die: Ramon Llull's Arbre de filosofia d'amor and the Roman de la Rose
(Language: English)
Mary Franklin-Brown, Department of French & Italian, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - French/ Occitan
Paper 1621-bThe Spanish Life of Alexander: A Failed Mirror of Princes
(Language: English)
Martha Daas, Old Dominion University, Virginia
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Spanish/Portuguese
Paper 1621-cHermit with a Sword: Ramón Llull and the Invention of the Warrior Monk
(Language: English)
Wendell Smith, Department of Spanish & Portugese, Dickinson College, Pennsylvania

session grouped by Brian Levy (21/11/03):
Abstract paper -a:
This paper explores the relationship between Ramon Llull’s Arbre de filosofia d’amor (a treatise on the love of God that Llull presented to Philippe le Bel while visiting Paris), and a text on decidedly profane love to which the Arbre makes clear allusions, the Roman de la Rose. Although scholars have downplayed the connection between the two texts, I argue that Llull is in fact entering into dialogue with the experience of profane love by engaging this most influential of French romances. The Arbre reveals Llull’s willingness to exploit the French literary tradition and to turn the profane to the service of the sacred – but where does his dialogue lead?
Abstract paper -b:
In this paper I consider the appropriation of the legend of Alexander the Great by the Spanish author of the epic poem the Libro de Alexandre to determine to what degree the poet’s re-invention of the Alexander myth successfully fulfills the ideal of the medieval Christian prince. By examining the Spanish attempt at Christianizing the great warrior, in light of the Christian struggle against the Arabs in Spain, I will prove that Alexander retains his standing as a mythic figure: one who cannot be contained within a single ideological interpretation.
Abstract paper -c: