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What is Alive and What is Dead In the Work of Américo Castro

Edward Baker
Américo Castro Edward Baker
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:50pm
CMU 226

Américo Castro (1885-1972) is perhaps best known for his theory of convivencia that asserted the harmonious co-existence of three ethno-religious castes, Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Spain up through the later stages of the Middle Ages.  In his talk, Professor Baker will call into question Américo Castro´s standing as an historian, arguing that La realidad histórica de España, where the thesis of convivencia receives its most influential treatment, is better understood as an identity essay than as a work of historiography.

Edward Baker (New York, 1942) is an independent scholar of Spanish literature and cultural history who has taught in universities on both sides of the Atlantic, including the University of Florida, UCSD, and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid.  He has written on topics ranging from Cervantes—La biblioteca de don Quijote (1997)—to the inter-war period, including essays and books on Madrid, most recently, Madrid cosmopolita: La Gran Vía, 1910-1936 (2009).