The paradoxical exemplar : the image of Saladin in Don Juan Manuel's El conde lucanor

dc.contributor.advisorHarney, Michael, 1948-en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSutherland-Meier, Madelineen
dc.creatorAtmaca, Delia Avilaen
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-22T16:25:30Zen
dc.date.available2012-02-22T16:25:30Zen
dc.date.issued2011-12en
dc.date.submittedDecember 2011en
dc.date.updated2012-02-22T16:25:36Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractDon Juan Manuel’s laudatory portrayal of Saladin, the Muslim Sultan of Babylon, in Exempla 25 and 50 of El Conde Lucanor presents an interesting paradox, particularly when considering that the fourteenth-century text was intended as moral instruction for a Christian audience. This report addresses this paradox by determining Saladin’s placement within Juan Manuel’s moral and spiritual philosophy through textual and comparative character analyses. The first section applies Victor Turner’s social drama theory in a textual analysis of Exempla 25 and 50 to establish Juan Manuel’s representation of Saladin as a triumphant figure, capable of meeting and overcoming challenges to his honor and virtue. The second section applies M. M. Bakhtin’s concept of dialogism to engage in a closer examination of Saladin’s “voice” in relation to other characters of Juan Manuel’s exempla for the purpose of revealing the ambiguities and finer intricacies of Saladin’s character. These analyses serve to raise and address paradoxical questions relating to Juan Manuel’s presentation of Saladin as both a Muslim adversary and friend of Christendom.en
dc.description.departmentComparative Literatureen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-12-4809en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-12-4809en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectSaladinen
dc.subjectSalah al-Dinen
dc.subjectDon Juan Manuelen
dc.subjectJuan Manuelen
dc.subjectEl Conde Lucanoren
dc.subjectMedieval Spanish literatureen
dc.subjectSpanish literatureen
dc.subjectMedieval Spanishen
dc.subjectExemplaen
dc.subjectExemplumen
dc.subjectMoral talesen
dc.subjectMedieval Iberiaen
dc.subjectKing Richard Ien
dc.subjectHunten
dc.subjectChivalryen
dc.subjectChristendomen
dc.subjectReconquistaen
dc.subjectConvivenciaen
dc.subjectMoorsen
dc.titleThe paradoxical exemplar : the image of Saladin in Don Juan Manuel's El conde lucanoren
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentComparative Literatureen
thesis.degree.disciplineComparative Literatureen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
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