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The Description of Historical Poetics: The Courtly Crusade Idiom

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Pigott Hall (Bldg. 260), Room 216
Meeting Description: 

Presenter:
Marisa Galvez, Associate Professor of French and, by courtesy, of German Studies

Marisa Galvez specializes in the literature of the Middle Ages in France and Western Europe, especially the poetry and narrative literature written in Occitan and Old French. Her areas of interest include the troubadours, vernacular poetics, the intersection of performance and literary cultures, and the critical history of medieval studies as a discipline. Her recent book, Songbook: How Lyrics Became Poetry in Medieval Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2012) was awarded John Nicholas Brown Prize from the Medieval Academy of America.

Please join us on Wednesday, 2/15. 6-8pm, in Pigott Hall (Bldg. 260), Room 215 for a workshop with Marisa Galvez, associate professor of French and, by courtesy, of German Studies, who will present an excerpt from her project on crusade poetics. 

Of her paper, “The Description of Historical Poetics: The Courtly Crusade Idiom," professor Galvez writes:

This paper draws upon my book project on literary texts and cultural artifacts that treat crusade during the period of 1150-1290 in Western Europe and the Latin East. We can locate lyrical translations of crusades within and across texts, and various situations of possibility through time and space. These lyrical modalities and postures of crusade resist hermeneutic paradigms (i.e. confession, the theological and historical discourse of Holy War) through poetic reconfigurations of figures, people, places, and objects. A descriptive historical poetics makes visible adaptive, localized and creative constellations of 'speaking crusades.’ The courtly crusade idiom is often misinterpreted as an articulation of a spiritual inner self due to its relation to the practice and theorization of confession at this time. Instead, I show that a historical poetics of description can show an idiom that concerns earthly status, a profession—rather than confession—of crusade active among social relations and within specific configurations time and place. 

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