What Are You Reading?

Isidro J. Rivera, University of Kansas

The Task of the Cleric: Cartography, Translation, and Economics in Thirteenth-century Iberia by Simone Pinet. University of Toronto Press, 2016.

I have just finished reading Simone Pinet’s book on the Libro de Alexandre and clerical culture (mester de clerecía).  Pinet moves into new territory to explore this often neglected, thirteenth-century text. Along the way she talks eloquently and critically about maps, translation, coinage, and political landscapes.  With this innovative critical framework, she offers a new interpretative paradigm for understanding the excitement of the Alexandre and other thirteenth-century texts.  Her work teaches us new ways to read and provides an array of analytical tools that force us to reassess the cleric’s artistry.  A definite stimulus for new research and discussion in our field.

 

What Are You Reading? The Task of the Cleric: Cartography, Translation, and Economics in Thirteenth-century Iberia
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