Micer Francisco Imperial: A Genoese-Sevillano Poet of Dream Visions
AuthorAquilano, Mark Thomas
Committee ChairKinkade, Richard P.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractChapter one provides a multifaceted panorama of the Genoese community in medieval Seville that helps to link Francisco Imperial, an early 15th century poet, to a group of foreigners and naturalized Castilian subjects who, despite their marginality, contributed greatly to the kingdom's emergence as a global superpower by the end of the Middle Ages. Chapter two examines materialist and scientific dream theories from the classical, medieval and contemporary periods side by side, yielding a complementary platform from which to plumb the depths of dream vision texts. The third and fourth chapters place Imperial's most important poem, his Dezir a las siete virtudes (c. 1407) within the spiritually vital literary tradition of the dream vision, a genre with roots in classical antiquity and early Christian accounts of otherworld journeys. An examination of several representative Western European, Islamic and Castilian literary dream visions in Chapter 3 and of Imperial's Dezir in Chapter 4 is grounded in the insightful theoretical perspectives on the genre developed by Kathryn Lynch, Paul Piehler and Robert McMahon. The fourth and final chapter also offers a biographical sketch of Francisco Imperial and an overview of the Imperiale family that are based in part on original documentation, allowing a new vantage point from which to appreciate the rich life circumstances that gave birth to a uniquely resonant poetic voice.