Os diversos conceptos de amizade ne Iberia medieval (Friendship and social relationships in Martin Codax's time)

Liuzzo Scorpo, Antonella (2017) Os diversos conceptos de amizade ne Iberia medieval (Friendship and social relationships in Martin Codax's time). In: Pergamiño Vindel. Un Tesouro en Sete Cantigas. Xunta de Galicia/Universidad de Vigo, pp. 31-44. ISBN 9788445352724

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Despite the plethora of literary studies dedicated to the cantigas de amigo, far less attention has been devoted to examine the multi-layered meanings associated with the definitions of friendship which were embodied and promoted by these Galician-Portuguese lyrics, and the extent to which such literary constructions reflected contemporary socio-political and cultural structures. An overview of thirteenth-century discourses (in Foucault’s terms: shared cultural norms with strong exemplary and disciplining functions), ideas and representations of friendship would help to answer and contextualise some important questions. What did amigo/a mean in the medieval Iberian context and to what extent did those ideas conform to models shared by other Western European literary, philosophical and historical traditions? Were concepts of love and friendship mutually exclusive? How useful are sources like the cantigas de amigo to navigate and understand the multiple implications of such intertwined relationships? Friendship as a powerful social bond, bridging individual ‘public’ and ‘private’ spheres of action and interaction, as well as that of entire communities, is an extremely useful lens through which we can examine cultural, social and political networks of power, authority and legitimacy. The study of friendship helps to understand how these links contributed to shape individual and collective ‘identities’ in different historical contexts, and how individuals conceived and experienced interpersonal interactions, some of which were culturally recognized as emotionally charged. It is also important to examine the extent to which individuals presented themselves as part of intersecting socio-political, economic, religious and intellectual networks, which were frequently legitimised through the language of friendship. The variety of approaches and methodologies provided by the history of emotions, cultural history and the history of gender, alongside the study of political, diplomatic and religious history, encourages an in-depth analysis of the complex interplay between different typologies of social interactions, which reveal patterns of both change and continuity in the development of models and modes of behavior which have been always integral to both political life and thought, but also to human spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

Additional Information:This volume accompanies and celebrates the return of the Vindel manuscript to the University of Vigo in Galicia after having been preserved for 40 years in the Morgan Library (NY). The event received national and international coverage, including an article on the Spanish newspaper El Pais https://elpais.com/cultura/2017/09/22/actualidad/1506073950_705284.html
Keywords:Friendship studies, Medieval History, Cultural history, Medieval Iberia, Galicia
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:04 Oct 2017 11:06

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