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Passing to América

by Thomas A. Abercrombie Penn State University Press (November 22, 2018)

In 1803 in the colonial South American city of La Plata, Doña Martina Vilvado y Balverde presented herself to church and crown officials to denounce her husband of more than four years, Don Antonio Yta, as...


The Chankas and the Priest

by Sabine Hyland Penn State University Press (April 25, 2016)

How does society deal with a serial killer in its midst? What if the murderer is a Catholic priest living among native villagers in colonial Peru? In The Chankas and the Priest, Sabine Hyland chronicles the...


Framing Majismo

by Tara Zanardi Penn State University Press (March 08, 2016)

Majismo, a cultural phenomenon that embodied the popular aesthetic in Spain from the second half of the eighteenth century, served as a vehicle to “regain” Spanish heritage. As expressed in visual representations...


Toledo Cathedral

by Tom Nickson Penn State University Press (November 18, 2015)

Medieval Toledo is famous as a center of Arabic learning and as a home to sizable Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities. Yet its cathedral—one of the largest, richest, and best preserved in all of Europe—is...


Terms of Response

by Robert Montgomery Penn State University Press (October 15, 1991)

This book takes a new look at the place occupied by medieval Spanish epic within European folk and literary tradition. Thomas Montgomery traces the origins of key parts of most known medieval Spanish epics to...


Vision, the Gaze, and the Function of the Senses in “Celestina”

by James F. Burke Penn State University Press (December 02, 2000)

The plot of the late-medieval Spanish work Celestina (1499) centers on the ill-fated love of Calisto and Melibea and the fascinating character of their intermediary, Celestina. In this ground-breaking rereading...


The Sacrament of Penance and Religious Life in Golden Age Spain

by Patrick J. O'Banion Penn State University Press (October 26, 2012)

The Sacrament of Penance and Religious Life in Golden Age Spain explores the practice of sacramental confession in Spain between roughly 1500 and 1700. One of the most significant points of contact between the...


Contested Treasure

by Thomas W. Barton Penn State University Press (December 19, 2014)

In Contested Treasure, Thomas Barton examines how the Jews in the Crown of Aragon in the twelfth through fourteenth centuries negotiated the overlapping jurisdictions and power relations of local lords and the...