© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157006708X366308 Medieval Encounters 14 (2008) 368-389 www.brill.nl/me Medieval Jewish, Christian and Muslim Culture Encounters in Confluence and Dialogue Walk on the Wild Side Simone Pinet Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University, 313 Morrill Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA Abstract Th e ﬁgure of the wild man is one that crosses artistic disciplines and genres in the cultures of medieval Iberia. In this article I show how the wild man operates within a variety of meanings in diverse literary contexts that, working simultaneously at diﬀerent narrative levels, cross over from literature into daily life and spectacles, from legal to political discourses. Th e ﬁgure’s continued presence from the medieval period into the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries suggests its use as a commonplace, as a motif with a number of ﬁxed meanings that are put to work through context, providing the possibility of diﬀerent, perhaps even contradictory readings. As commonplace, then, the wild man is presented as a case study for the reconsid- eration of other elements in the paintings of the Hall of Justice of the Alhambra, often inter- preted to have a speciﬁc or ﬁxed meaning, and thus programmed within a
Medieval Encounters – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: NARRATIVE SEQUENCES; ELOQUENCE; COMMONPLACES; WILD MAN; ALHAMBRA; SENTIMENTAL FICTION; LEVELS OF MEANING
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