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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1617: Metaphors of Inclusion and Exclusion: Literary and Spiritual Networking in 15th-Century Iberia

Thursday 6 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Esther Pascua, Universidad a Distancia de Madrid
Moderator/Chair:Esther Pascua, Universidad a Distancia de Madrid
Paper 1617-aSpreading a Message of Social Inclusiveness: Alonso de Cartagena's Theological Allegories on New Men and Their Internal Fight to be Accepted
(Language: English)
Maria Laura Giordano, Departamento de Humanidades, Universitat Abat Oliba CEU, Barcelona
Index terms: Mentalities, Political Thought, Sermons and Preaching, Theology
Paper 1617-bBlood, Heredity, and Status: Metaphors and the Rise of Purity of Blood in Late Medieval Spain
(Language: English)
Rosa Vidal Doval, Queen Mary, University of London
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Medicine, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 1617-cSpanish Cancionero Poetry as a Weapon for and against Conversos
(Language: English)
Óscar Perea Rodríguez, Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, University of California, Berkeley
Index terms: Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Religious Life

Political and theological metaphors and allegories appear frequently in 15th-century Hispanic texts. The communicative capacity of metaphor allowed the expression of critical and divergent thought that seems to define specific networks of intellectuals and audiences. We will explore the figurative language entangled around issues such as purity of blood, new men, cultural inheritance, and social status in various literary genres and authors. These texts respond to very heterogeneous notions about the limits of the body politic and allow us to glimpse the tensions around which the identity and social dynamics of that century were unravelling.