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The Lives of the Great Languages: Latin and Arabic in the Medieval Mediterranean

The Lives of the Great Languages: Latin and Arabic in the Medieval Mediterranean
125 Queen's Park, Centre for Medieval Studies, Lillian Massey Building room 310
Time: Oct 29th, 4:10 pm End: Oct 29th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Linguistics (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Italian Studies (FAS), Islamic Studies, Comparative Literature (FAS), Classics (FAS), 400-1200, 1200-1500
Lecture by Karla Mallette, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The Centre for Medieval Studies is pleased to present the Fourth Annual CMS Alumni Lecture

Karla Mallette (CMS 1998), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The Lives of the Great Languages: Latin and Arabic in the medieval Mediterranean

This talk studies the cosmopolitan language: the language of literary life in the era before the rise of the European national languages, when men (and the occasional woman) of letters must learn a new linguistic instrument in order to become literate. By comparing the two most important languages of the medieval Mediterranean world, Arabic and Latin, Mallette describes some of the strategies that language uses to transcend the boundaries that language creates.

Karla Mallette is a scholar of medieval Mediterranean literature in Italian, Latin, and Arabic. She is currently Professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies and Director of the Islamic Studies program and the Center for European Studies at the University of Michigan.

Reception to follow.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Centre for Medieval Studies at (416) 978-4884.


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