INVENTING THE SPANISH MIDDLE AGES: RAMÓN MENÉNDEZ PIDAL, SPANISH CULTURAL HISTORY, AND IDEOLOGY IN PHILOLOGY1 E. Michael Gerli University of Virginia My concern here is ideology and how it influences historians and philologists when formulating an interpretation of a discrete cultural entity. This is a problem with which we, as interpreters of language, literature, and culture, must all now grapple, and one from which our predecessors remained blissfully free. The latter were never obliged to reflect upon the models, prejudices, and even emotions which structured their knowledge and understanding of their subjects. We postmoderns, however, are all too painfully aware of the limitations imposed upon historians by interpretive conventions which reflect their own desires rather than the past which constitutes the focus of their In the last two decades, critics such as Hayden White, Lionel Gossman, Edward Said, Lee Patterson, David Huit, and others have 1 This essay was originally written in 1985 and given as a talk at Georgetown University as well as several other universities in the United States. It was revised for publication in 1991 and was intended for an homage volume that, alas, was never published. In the ensuing years, numerous colleagues requested copies
La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures – La corónica: Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures & Culture
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