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Substance And Providence In The Old French Theological Romance, Ian Michael McConnon 2012 University of Pennsylvania

Substance And Providence In The Old French Theological Romance, Ian Michael Mcconnon

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

The doctrine of divine providence was considered fundamental to understanding the nature of reality in medieval Christian orthodoxy. One of our greatest modern impediments to proper understanding of this law are the radically different ontologies that flourished in the Latin West through the recuperation of Ancient thought, most notably in the divisions between the Platonists and the Aristotelians. Whereas Biblical exegesis owed more to Augustine's Platonism, the rise of Aristotelian thought in the university curriculum entailed a serious threat to the doctrine of providence. The translation and dissemination of Islamic Aristotelians revealed an almost identical challenge to Islamic orthodoxy ...


Melusine; Or The Noble History Of Lusignan, Donald Maddox, Sara Sturm-Maddox 2011 University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Melusine; Or The Noble History Of Lusignan, Donald Maddox, Sara Sturm-Maddox

Donald Maddox

Jean d’Arras’s splendid late fourteenth-century prose romance Melusine – written for Jean de Berry, the brother of King Charles V of France – is one of the most significant and complex literary works of the later Middle Ages. The author, promising to tell us “how the noble and powerful fortress of Lusignan in Poitou was founded by a fairy,” writes a ceaselessly astonishing account of the origins of the powerful feudal dynasty of the Lusignans in southwestern France, which flourished in western Europe and the Near East during the age of the Crusades. The spellbinding story of the destinies of ...


Henry, Archdeacon Of Huntingdon. Anglicanus Ortus: A Verse Herbal Of The Twelfth Century, Winston Black 2011 University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Henry, Archdeacon Of Huntingdon. Anglicanus Ortus: A Verse Herbal Of The Twelfth Century, Winston Black

Winston Edward Black II

Henry, archdeacon of Huntingdon, England (ca 1088-ca 1154) has been admired for centuries as the author of the monumental . The recent discovery of the Anglicanus ortus opens a new window onto this important English author as well as onto the uses of poetry and the knowledge of medicine in medieval England. Written entirely in Latin verse, the Anglicanus ortus describes the medicinal uses of 160 different herbs, spices, and vegetables. Henry drew on centuries of learned medicine to compose this work, employing the medical knowledge of ancient authors like Pliny the Elder and Dioscorides and of medieval scholars like Walahfrid ...


World Literature As A Communal Apartment: Semyon Lipkin’S Ethics Of Translational Difference, Rebecca Gould 2011 University of Bristol

World Literature As A Communal Apartment: Semyon Lipkin’S Ethics Of Translational Difference, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


The Geography Of Comparative Literature, Rebecca Gould 2011 University of Bristol

The Geography Of Comparative Literature, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

“The Geography of Comparative Literature,” Journal of Literary Theory 5.2 (2011): 167–186 (examines the disciplinary history of Comparative Literature in the Arab and Persian world in relation to Europe; reviewed in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 13.07.2011, No. 160, S. N5).


"Interacción Cultural De Al-Ándalus En El Cancionero De Ibn Quzmān Y La Risāla Fī-L-Qaḍā’ Wa-L-Ḥisba De Ibn ‘Abdūn: Dos Ideas En Conflicto.", David Navarro 2011 University of Western Ontario

"Interacción Cultural De Al-Ándalus En El Cancionero De Ibn Quzmān Y La Risāla Fī-L-Qaḍā’ Wa-L-Ḥisba De Ibn ‘Abdūn: Dos Ideas En Conflicto.", David Navarro

David Navarro

No abstract provided.


Green Worlds And Ecosemiotics, Alf Siewers 2011 Bucknell University

Green Worlds And Ecosemiotics, Alf Siewers

Faculty Conference Papers and Presentations

"Overlay landscapes" in Early Insular literatures, and how they connect early medieval cosmology with current-day ecosemiotics..


Dearabizing Arabia: Tracing Western Scholarship On The History Of The Arabs And Arabic Language And Script, Saad D. Abulhab 2011 CUNY Office of Library Services

Dearabizing Arabia: Tracing Western Scholarship On The History Of The Arabs And Arabic Language And Script, Saad D. Abulhab

Publications and Research

This book is a reference book on the history of the Arabic Language and script, which goes beyond the sole discussion of technical matters. It studies objectively the evidence presented by modern-day western archeological discoveries together with the evidence presented by the indispensable scholarly work and research of past Islamic Arab civilization era. The book scrutinizes modern western theories regarding the history of the Arabs and Arabic language and script in connection with the roles played by Western Near East scholarship, religion and colonial history in the formation of current belief system, which is an essential step to study this ...


Beyond Anti-Semitism, Rebecca Gould 2011 University of Bristol

Beyond Anti-Semitism, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

Focusing on internal contradictions within the Israeli left, this essay considers the impact of the historical legacy of anti-Semitism on everyday thinking about Israel and the Palestinian territories. Contesting the view that to criticize Israel is to engage in anti-Semitic defamation, it offers an historical account of how Israel's actions in the West Bank have come to be immunized from conscientious criticism. It also documents how progressive media outlets in contemporary Israel have silenced or otherwise marginalized Israel's most active critics.


Singing The Story: Narrative Voice And The Old English Scop, Lisa M. Horton 2011 Western Michigan University

Singing The Story: Narrative Voice And The Old English Scop, Lisa M. Horton

The Hilltop Review

The picture of Anglo-Saxon society that we receive through its literature is a direct result of the life of the Old English scop. His personality and experiences filter into the stories that he tells and provide nuanced interpretations of both histories and legends, while his position within Anglo-Saxon society allows him direct access to the great events and persons of his time. As an active participant in his society, at the feet or even at the right hand of a king, he wields profound influence; as an observer and commentator on his society, he records and interprets both reality and ...


Terror In The Old French Crusade Cycle: From Splendid Cavalry To Cannibalism, Sarah-Grace Heller 2011 Ohio State University

Terror In The Old French Crusade Cycle: From Splendid Cavalry To Cannibalism, Sarah-Grace Heller

Re-visioning Terrorism

It is worth examining memories of the crusading experience in discussions of terrorism in history as well as the current political situation. The main piece of propaganda that linked Osama Bin-Laden to the 9/11 attacks, the “World Islamic Front Statement urging Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders,” evoked a Muslim memory of the crusades largely forgotten in the West. The works of the Old French Crusade Cycle are unique texts remembering and fantasizing the encounter with Muslims and other “others” in the Mediterranean. Composed by Graindor de Douai between 1190 and 1212, they recounted the First Crusade (1095-1099) in the ...


Secularism And Belief In Georgia’S Pankisi Gorge, Rebecca Gould 2011 University of Iowa

Secularism And Belief In Georgia’S Pankisi Gorge, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Ecopoetics And The Origins Of English Literature, Alf Siewers 2011 Bucknell University

Ecopoetics And The Origins Of English Literature, Alf Siewers

Faculty Contributions to Books

An ecocritical survey of early English literature, focusing on the "green world" trope.


The Ecosemiosphere: Story And Region In Insular Medieval Literatures, Alf Siewers 2011 Bucknell University

The Ecosemiosphere: Story And Region In Insular Medieval Literatures, Alf Siewers

Faculty Conference Papers and Presentations

Reflections on the interrelation of environmental humanities studies, physics and semiotics, as part of an international panel introducing ecosemiotics and biosemiotics to the North American ecocriticism communtiy at large.


Cistercian And Monastic Studies Conference, 2011, The Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies Conference 2011 Western Michigan University

Cistercian And Monastic Studies Conference, 2011, The Center For Cistercian And Monastic Studies Conference

Conference on Cistercian Studies Programs

Program for the 2011 Cistercian Studies Conference at Western Michigan University in conjunction with the 46th International Medieval Studies Congress. This conference happened between May 12-15 2011.


46th International Congress On Medieval Studies, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University 2011 Western Michigan University

46th International Congress On Medieval Studies, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University

International Congress on Medieval Studies Archive

The printed program of the 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 12-15, 2011), including the Corrigenda.


Woman Or Warrior? How Believable Femininity Shapes Warrior Women, Jessica D. McCall 2011 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Woman Or Warrior? How Believable Femininity Shapes Warrior Women, Jessica D. Mccall

UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones

My dissertation is an exploration of how femininity is constructed in the characters of warrior women. I define and apply my theory of believable femininity: the notion that in order for characters gendered female to be accepted by an audience, specific textual markers must render them submissive to a dominating male figure. I examine the following warrior women at length: Britomart and Radigund from Spenser's The Faerie Queene; Christine de Pizan's treatment of Amazons in her Book of the City of Ladies and Hippolyta's specific portrayal by de Pizan in comparison to Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's ...


Chaucer’S Reading List: Sir Thopas, Auchinleck, And Middle English Romances In Translation, Ken Eckert 2011 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Chaucer’S Reading List: Sir Thopas, Auchinleck, And Middle English Romances In Translation, Ken Eckert

UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones

Middle English romance has never attained critical respectability, dismissed as ―"vayn carpynge" in its own age and treated as a junk-food form of medieval literature or kidnapped for political or psychoanalytical readings. Chaucer‘s Tale of Sir Thopas has been explained as an acidly sarcastic satire of the romances‘ supposedly clichéd formulas and poetically unskilled authors. Yet such assumptions require investigation of how Chaucer and his ostensible audience might have viewed romance as a genre. Chaucer‘s likely use of the Auchinleck manuscript forms a convenient basis for examination of the romances listed in Thopas. With the aid of a ...


A Noble Tale: The Knight's And Miller's Tales As An Subversion Of Genre Expectations, Demetria Tsakirgis Spinrad 2011 Wesleyan University

A Noble Tale: The Knight's And Miller's Tales As An Subversion Of Genre Expectations, Demetria Tsakirgis Spinrad

Honors Theses - All

No abstract provided.


Dante’S Understanding Of The Two Ends Of Human Desire And The Relationship Between Philosophy And Theology, Jason Aleksander 2011 Saint Xavier University

Dante’S Understanding Of The Two Ends Of Human Desire And The Relationship Between Philosophy And Theology, Jason Aleksander

Faculty Publications

I discuss Dante’s understanding that human existence is “ordered by two final goals” and how this understanding defines philosophy’s and theology’s respective scopes of authority in guiding human conduct. I show that, while Dante devalues the philosophical authority associated with the traditional Aristotelian emphasis on the significance of contemplative activity, he does so in order to highlight philosophy’s ethico-political authority to guide human conduct toward its “earthly beatitude.” Moreover, I argue that, although Dante subordinates earthly beatitude to spiritual beatitude, he nonetheless maintains that philosophy’s authority to reveal a path to spiritual beatitude requires its ...


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