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Writing Religion: Sacromonte and the Literary Conventions of Orthodoxy


This essay is a study of the Sacromonte lead books, a series of forged Christian gospels composed in Arabic and discovered in caves along the hills outside of Granada in the late sixteenth century.

Kimmel, Seth. “Writing Religion: Sacromonte and the Literary Conventions of Orthodoxy.” Poiesis and Modernity in the Old and New Worlds. Hispanic Issues 39. Eds. Anthony J. Cascardi and Leah Middebrook. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2012. 117-138. Print

Essay examines how the texts’ learned defenders marshaled their material and scholarly forces to render the discoveries canonical. They failed, but the nature of their failure underscores an early modern Spanish awareness of the literary conventions of orthodoxy.

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