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Synopsis: The Scope of History brings together a selection of classic and new articles in the field of Spanish and specifically Castilian history, focusing on the historiography of Alfonso X, King of Castile. The volume shows how the Alfonsine histories became well-fashioned and independent works of literature, having begun as simple compilations of preexisting texts. The author seeks to point out that the editors of the Alfonsine histories amplify and alter their sources, rejoin them with artistic skill, and generally arrange the elements into an ordered system. In so doing, Fraker explains, the final text speaks uniquely, giving voice to themes alien to the original texts. Fraker also aims to illustrate the scope of the editorial labor which set Alfonso's General Estoria and his Estoria de España apart from their contemporary histories.
In his introduction the author addresses the place of Alfonso's work in its own time, giving the reader a notion of what other works in the genre were like and how they differ. The connecting thread running through these chapters is a continuing focus on the art of the compiler. Medieval historical compilations are by definition scissors-and-paste jobs, stringing older texts together to tell new, different stories. But the Alfonsine editors bend the rules: in the short run they make their work yield the themes they think important, and in the long run they build a literary monument of impressive architecture.
Charles F. Fraker is Professor Emeritus in Romance Languages, University of Michigan.
Title: The Scope of History: Studies in the ...
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
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Book Description University of Michigan Press, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Good condition, some are ex-library and can have markings. Bookseller Inventory # GD-152-49-3430403
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Book Description University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI., 1996. Boards. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 6 " x 9". Very good, clean, tight, square and bright first edition bound in black boards with gilt title on spine. Gift inscription on front endpaper, and bumped at bottom forecorner of front cover, otherwise fine. Dust jacket is unclipped, protected in removable mylar, slightly faded on spine, otherwise fine. Collection of eight essays written by Fraker between 1974 and 1991 plus general introduction and three prefaces written for this collection. Alfonso, 13th century King of Castile, wrote histories of the world and of Spain, which Fraker examines for their literary content as well as historiography. 235 pages includes index, bibliography. Bookseller Inventory # 2080138827
Book Description University of Michigan Press, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 472106694