396 Book Reviews / Medieval Encounters 17 (2011) 392-410 Inés Monteira Arias, Ana Belén Muñoz Martínez and Fernando Villaseñor Sebastián, Relegados al margen: marginalidad y espacios marginales en la cul- tura medieval . Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Instituto de Historia, 2009 From an American point of view, a volume dedicated to artistically, archi- tecturally, literarily, politically, and socially marginalized persons and groups is somewhat of an intellectual dinosaur. This is not from any basic objection to any of the specific works in this collection, but to the idea of marginality itself. Due the very cogent reasoning of Richard L. Kagan, the very concept of the marginal seemed destined for short and brutish exis- tence even as it cut its politically correct swath through Hispanic studies some twenty years ago. In a brilliant article on the hermaphrodite “Eleno/ Elena,” Kagan pointedly asked whether the denizens of the poor and for- gotten corners of the early-modern, Hispanic world were indeed “mar- ginal” in their own local environment or could they not exercise some influence on the general society in which they lived. Unfortunately, this volume, based on a colloquium convened in Madrid in 2007, does not often bother
Medieval Encounters – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
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