• Retelling the Future: Don Juan Manuel's "Exenplo XI" and the Power of Fiction

    Author(s):
    Michelle M. Hamilton (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    CLCS Medieval, LLC Medieval Iberian
    Subject(s):
    6th to 10th century, European literature, History and philosophy of science and technology, Medieval
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    astrology, Church history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M64Z4J
    Abstract:
    In this paper I look at how “Exenplo XI” is both product and reflection of the various traditions and cultures of medieval Iberia and how Juan Manuel forges a new version of this story from these inherited traditions in order to showcase problems of concern to his fourteenth-century audience, namely, the tension between ecclesiastical and Andalusi systems of thought and their representatives and how the author’s manipulation of the frame and the power of fiction itself echoes Don Yllán’s manipulation of magic to test the dean’s mettle. Then I turn to the lessons of “Exenplo XI” regarding the transmission of knowledge and who controls it, as well as the function of speculative fiction and its ability to explore alternative realities and potential futures for both fictional audience (Conde Lucanor) and contemporary twenty-first-century readers.
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