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Author Wright, Elizabeth R., 1963- author

Title The epic of Juan Latino : dilemmas of race and religion in Renaissance Spain / Elizabeth R. Wright
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource
Series Toronto Iberic ; 22
Toronto Iberic ; 22
Contents 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 -- Appendix 1 Elegy for Phillip II, "On the Birth of Untroubled Times" -- Appendix 2 Chronology
Summary "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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Latino, Juan, 1518?-
Latino, Juan, 1518?- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Blacks -- Spain -- History -- 16th century.
Epic poetry, Latin (Medieval and modern) -- History and criticism.
Naval battles in literature.
Poets, Black -- Spain -- Biography.
Race discrimination -- Spain -- History -- 16th century.
Renaissance -- Spain.
Spain -- Race relations -- History -- 16th century.
Spain -- Religion -- 16th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442625546 (electronic bk.)
9781442625549 (electronic bk.)