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DATE: March 15, 2005

Scholar to discuss chivalry, World War I

DEARBORN---Allen J. Frantzen, professor of English at Loyola University-Chicago, will present an illustrated lecture called "Knights of Love and War: Chivalry, Chaucer, and World War I" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday March 29 in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Frantzen

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will draw from Frantzen's most recent book, Bloody Good: Chivalry, Sacrifice, and the Great War.

"During World War I, the social codes and visual rhetoric of chivalry were used to address and then to memorialize combat and its consequences for the civilian world," according to Scott DeGregorio, assistant professor of humanities at UM-Dearborn. "Drawing from a rich library of posters, postcards, and other contemporary sources, Prof. Frantzen will show how artists and writers interpreted medieval traditions of chivalry during and after the War."

"Frantzen's book shows how media shaped a chivalric ideal of male sacrifice based on the Passion of Jesus Christ," according to the University of Chicago Press, the book's publisher. "His book demonstrates, for instance, how the wounded body of Christ became the inspiration for heroic male suffering in battle.

"For some men, the Crucifixion inspired a culture of revenge, one in which Christ's bleeding wounds were venerated as badges of valor and honor. For others, Christ's sacrifice inspired action more in line with his teachings--a daring stay of hands or reason not to visit death upon one's enemies."

Frantzen has authored seven books and many articles on the literature and culture of the Middle Ages and their impact on later eras.

His talk at UM-Dearborn is sponsored by the campus's Department of Humanities. For more information, please contact DeGregorio at (313) 593-5197.

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