Veronica E Menaldi
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota focusing in medieval and early modern Iberia. My dissertation project, in short, nuances between magic, miracle and medicine in Al-Andalus and medieval/early modern reconquered Spain through the vantage point of Iberian literature and its then-contemporary magical/medicinal practices documented in (primarily) Arabic, Romance, Aljamiado, Latin, and Hebrew grimoires, or spell-books. I examine how these literary representations of magic—specifically in the Cantigas de Santa Maria, the Conde Lucanor, the Zifar, the Libro de buen amor, the Celestina the Inocencia castigada and an anonymous pliego—though often demonized, are never denied but rather presented as a less effective option for obtaining one’s goal. I have received funding through FLAS (summer 2014 and academic year 2014-2015) and CLS (summer 2016) for my continued language studies in Arabic in addition summer research grants.