PHONE: (313) 593-5644
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.
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
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.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers views.