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Near Eastern Studies Lecture Series

Tamar Boyadjian (Michigan State University): "Lamenting Jerusalem in Crusading Narrative: A Wasteland Translated"
Monday, March 27, 2017
4:10-5:30 PM
Room 2022 202 S. Thayer Map
This talk is an exploration into the inception and development of the tradition of lamentations devoted to fallen cities, while at the same time a reflection into the ways in which the contested nature of the city of Jerusalem in the crusader period resurfaces through a recursive form of the literary genre of city lamentations. Examining representations of Jerusalem in the medieval narratives of the English, French, Latin, Arabic, and Armenian literary traditions, this talk exposes the intersections between Western Europe and a number of ethno-religious cultures of the “east,” arguing for shared modes of representing the loss of the city of Jerusalem in their narratives, and exposing the extensive cross-cultural exchange and acculturation of various cultures in the medieval Mediterranean world.
Building: 202 S. Thayer
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Middle East Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Near Eastern Studies, Armenian Studies Program, Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), Department of Anthropology