On Earth or in Poems: The Many Lives of Al-Andalus

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Harvard University Press
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6.14 X 9.29 X 1.42 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author

Eric Calderwood is Associate Professor of Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the author of the award-winning Colonial al-Andalus. He is a contributor to NPR, the BBC, and Foreign Policy.


In this beautifully conceived and deftly written book, Calderwood brings to light a rich range of sources, many previously unavailable in English, Spanish, or French translation. On Earth or in Poems provides interpretations that are innovative, insightful, and useful for scholars and students of medieval Spain, as well as of contemporary Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.--David A. Wacks, University of Oregon
A timely intervention in medieval studies and contemporary cultural studies alike, Calderwood's book exemplifies the best work being done in the expanding field of global medievalism.--S. J. Pearce, New York University
With extraordinary linguistic range, Calderwood brings us the voices of Arabs and Muslims who have turned to the distant past of Spain to imagine their future. Rather than dismissing al-Andalus as a confused heap of notions or narrowing its vision to Romantic utopianism, Calderwood turns to the subjunctive mood, the mood of what might be, to argue for the future of al-Andalus as time and place ahead of us with infinite capacity.--Hussein Fancy, Yale University