Unlikely authors: the Latin East as a place for literary mobility

Yolles, J. (Guest lecturer)

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

Description

This paper uses the concept of exilic creativity to reorient thinking about the Latin culture of the twelfth-century Latin East. Following Ralph Hexter’s notion of the literary and linguistic exile experienced and cultivated by the Latin community of medieval clerics, I argue that the clerics who settled in the Latin East experienced a kind of double exile: they were exiled not only from the classical home of Latinity like their European counterparts, but also from the European centers of learning that cultivated this literary exilic longing. Although it could not compete with European centers of learning, in many ways, the twelfth-century Latin East afforded opportunities to Latin intellectuals. With no fewer than 35 dioceses, the Latin East featured an extremely dense church organization outpacing even that of southern Italy and requiring a large number of clerics to sustain it. Because of this demand, even minor clergy who might have struggled to make a name for themselves in Europe could hope for something more in the Latin East—to achieve what I call “literary mobility.”
Period6. Jul 2019
Event titleLeeds International Medieval Congress 2019: null
Event typeConference
LocationLeeds, United Kingdom

Keywords

  • Latin East
  • Crusades
  • Exile
  • Medieval Latin
  • Medieval Literature