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Andrew Paul Scheil
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2009)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2007 – 5/31/2008

Figures of the City in the Early Middle Ages and Beyond

This book argues for the existence of a medieval “Matter of Babylon,” an Oriental analog to the medieval Matter of Britain or Matter of Troy; that is, a body of related narratives, characters and themes centered on the city. This project in intellectual history and literary criticism explores the seminal early medieval understandings of Babylon and tracks the later surprising histories of this complex body of allusive lore. Although Babylon has enjoyed an unbroken record of allusion and adaptation in the West, used extensively by writers in every century, this project will be the first synthetic view of this rich history.