This volume brings together a number of distinguished scholars in the field of Poema de mio Cid studies. It provides an informed introduction to key literary aspects of the poem, and thoroughly examines many of the complex issues that are crucial for a comprehensive understanding of the work (historical context, ideological motivations, prosification in medieval chronicles, the poem’s place in the canon of Spanish literature). Equally important are the new findings that have been put forward since the 1970s, when scholars started to challenge Ramón Menéndez Pidal’s theories that had dominated the philological discourse since the beginning of the twentieth century.
Contributors are Matthew Bailey, Simon Barton, Francisco Bautista, Juan Carlos Bayo Julve, Federico Corriente, Leonardo Funes, Luis Galván, Fernando Gómez Redondo, Eukene Lacarra Lanz, Salvatore Luongo, Georges Martin, Alberto Montaner, Javier Rodríguez Molina, Mercedes Vaquero, Roger Wright, and Irene Zaderenko.
Irene Zaderenko, Ph.D. (1994), Graduate School-City University of New York, is Professor of Spanish Literature at Boston University. She has published monographs and many articles on epic poetry, including El monasterio de Cardeña y el inicio de la épica cidiana (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, 2013).
Alberto Montaner, Ph.D. (1994), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, is Professor of Spanish Literature at Universidad de Zaragoza. He has published monographs, philological editions, and many articles on epic poetry, including a landmark edition of Cantar de mio Cid (Real Academia Española, 2011; 2nd. rev. ed. 2016).
'This volume provides a lively and necessary introduction to recent scholarly work on the poem [...] All in all, essays are clearly written and useful on their own, and function as excellent introductions to their authors' important work on the Poema de mio Cid from very different perspectives. But what is perhaps most satisfying is how the volume maps out areas of consensus and disagreement through the multifaceted dialogue between its contributions, which will stimulate further research'. Clara Pascual-Argente, in Bulletin of Spanish Studies , 6, July 2019.
"This review cannot do justice to the wealth of information in the volume. Following the spirit of the series, the participants have written their articles with the aim of providing a critical and bibliographical assessment of central issues. It is commendable that the editors let scholars show their expertise by arguing their own (conflicting) research agendas, allowing the reader to navigate different critical avenues. This will be an indispensable tool for all scholars interested in the poem and Spanish medieval epics. For those outside the field of medieval Hispanism, the Companion provides a detailed introduction to this peculiar epic poem and makes available in English a thorough presentation of up-to-date interpretations. In sum, the volume shows the richness of current research on the poem and the continued elusiveness of a masterpiece that is still fertile ground for intellectual disagreements. This Companion is shaped by the vitality of these conflicts and eloquently presents multiple analytical approaches and the vibrant research that this poem has produced". Óscar Martín, in Speculum 96/1 (January 2021).
Prologue Irene Zaderenko and Alberto Montaner List of Figures Notes on Contributors
Part 1: The Codex and the Author
Introduction 1 The Poema de mio Cid as Text: Manuscript Transmission and Editorial Politics Alberto Montaner 2 The Question of Authorship Irene Zaderenko
Part 2: Linguistic Aspects
3 Why was the Poema de mio Cid Written Down the Way It was? Roger Wright 4 A Closer Look at the Poema de mio Cid’s Language Javier Rodríguez Molina
5 On the Arabic Loanwords in the Poema de mio Cid Federico Corriente
Part 3: Poetic Aspects and Structure
6 On the Poetic Technique of the Poema de mio Cid Juan Carlos Bayo Julve 7 “Mio Cid Ruy Díaz odredes lo que dixo”: The Voice of the Narrator, the Voice of the Characters Salvatore Luongo 8 Oral Expression in the Poema de mio Cid Matthew Bailey 9 Episodic Logic and the Structure of the Poema de mio Cid Leonardo Funes
Part 4: Historical Aspects
10 The Historical Context of the Poema de mio Cid Simon Barton 11 Social Structures and Values in the Poema de mio Cid Georges Martin 12 Legal Aspects of the Poema de mio Cid Eukene Lacarra Lanz
Part 5: The Poema de mio Cid in the Cultural History of Spain
13 The Poema de mio Cidand the Canon of the Spanish Epic Revisited Mercedes Vaquero 14 The Poema de mio Cid in 13th and 14th-Century Romance Historiography Francisco Bautista 15 The Cidian Matter in the 15th Century Fernando Gómez Redondo 16 The Canonization of the Poema de mio Cid from the 18th to the 20th Century Luis Galván
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Medievalists in all fields (literature, history, art, religion, Spanish philology) as well as anyone eager to embark upon a critical reading of this literary classic.