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The epic of Juan Latino : dilemmas of race and religion in Renaissance Spain

Elizabeth R. Wright (Author)
"In The Epic of Juan Latino, Elizabeth R. Wright tells the story of Renaissance Europe's first black poet and his epic poem on the naval battle of Lepanto, Austrias Carmen (The Song of John of Austria). Piecing together the surviving evidence, Wright traces Latino's life in Granada, Iberia's last Muslim metropolis, from his early clandestine education as a slave in a noble household to his distinguished career as a schoolmaster at the University of Granada. When intensifying racial discrimination and the chaos of the Morisco Revolt threatened Latino's hard-won status, he set out to secure his position by publishing an epic poem in Latin verse, the Austrias Carmen, that would demonstrate his mastery of Europe's international literary language and celebrate his own African heritage. Through Latino's remarkable, hitherto untold story, Wright illuminates the racial and religious tensions of sixteenth-century Spain and the position of black Africans within Spain's nascent empire and within the emerging African diaspora."-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2016
University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2016
Toronto Iberic, 22, [22]
xiv, 265 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
9781442637528, 1442637528
Introduction: A lost portrait and a forgotten name
Part One. From slave to freedman in Granada
1. Latin lessons amid the remnants of Al-Andalus
2. Civil war, shattered convivencia
Part Two. The epic of Lepanto
3. A black poet and a Habsburg phoenix
4. Christians and Muslims on the battle lines
5. The costs of modern warfare
Conclusion: Song of the black swan
Epilogue: Juan Latino in the Harlem Renaissance
Series numbering from series title list in volume 37 of the series
Primarily in English with some text in Spanish (appendix, bibliography, notes)