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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (3): 361–363.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Seth Kimmel Conversion and Narrative: Reading Religious Authority in Medieval Polemic . By Szpiech Ryan . Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press , 2013 . 311 p. © 2014 by University of Oregon 2014 BOOK REVIEWS...
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Comparative Literature (2014) 66 (3): 363–365.
Published: 01 September 2014
... a New Critical myopia. Despite his insistence that he is simply studying how stories work as stories, Szpiech happily protects against such over-correction by engag- ing a wide range of social and institutional history. Szpiech’s interpretive focus is sharpest when examining Iberian texts, which...
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Comparative Literature (2017) 69 (4): 455–456.
Published: 01 December 2017
... the epistemological problem of conversion. His aim recalls the approaches recently taken by Ryan Szpiech for medieval conversionary narratives and by David Nirenberg in his sweeping history of anti-Judaism (where anti-Judaism is presented as a mental construct that exists even in the absence of Jews...
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Comparative Literature (2015) 67 (4): 345–374.
Published: 01 December 2015
... time, its authority was challenged not just by vernaculars but “through direct com- petition with Arabic, which came to be a dominant language of learning and cul- tural prestige across the Mediterranean after the ninth century” (Szpiech 64).14 Persian and Arabic were undoubtedly comparably...