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This is a short article for a special issue of JMIS dedicated to the legacy of María Rosa Menocal. Contributors include Ross Brann, Jerrilynn D. Dodds, Abigail Krasner Balbale, and others.

Kimmel, Seth. “Architecture.” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies. Special Issue. “Shards of Memory: Reflections on the Legacy of María Rosa Menocal (1953–2012).” 5.2 (2013): 134-38. Print.

This essay briefly examines the role of architectural history in María Rosa Menocal’s effort to test the conventions of Romance philology. By drawing the familiar built environment into esoteric debates about language and literature, Menocal sought to render medieval Iberia more accessible to general readers and to create a scholarly space for interdisciplinary research that bridges peninsular religious and linguistic divisions.

The result of this effort, particularly in the American academy, is today’s medieval and early modern Iberian studies, where scholars enjoy greater flexibility in their research and teaching even while continuing to grapple with the theoretical and political risks implicit in Menocal’s approach.

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