Karla Mallette to explore works that celebrate linguistic, architectural and literary legacy from the Arab world as a wellspring of modern European national identity.

March 12, 2007

DEARBORN / March 12, 2007---Karla Mallette, assistant professor of Italian Studies at Miami University of Ohio, will present “European Modernity and the Arab Mediterranean” from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Science, and Letters Building at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Edward Said's Orientalism explored attitudes toward the Islamic Orient on the part of European scholars and bureaucrats who used their knowledge of the Orient to dominate it, according to humanities Prof. Scott DeGregorio.

“How did Europeans respond to an 'Orient' that was not a distant object of colonial aggression, but rather national history? In one of the most surprising chapters in the history of European nationalism, between roughly 1848 and 1950, Orientalist philologists in Spain, Italy and Malta looked to the Arab past of their nations for the origins of national identity,” DeGregorio said.

Mallette’s talk will explore the scholarly and popular works that celebrate the linguistic, architectural and literary legacy from the Arab world as a wellspring of modern European national identity.

Mallette, who earned a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, is the author of The Kingdom of Sicily, 1100-1250: A Literary History and a number of articles on literary and cultural communications between the Arab world and Europe during the Middle Ages. She has taught at Stanford University, Northwestern University and the American University of Beirut.

For more information about Mallette’s lecture, contact DeGregorio at 313-593-5197.

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