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For Whom the Bell Tolls: Death and Grace in John Donne's Devotions...

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Death and Grace in John Donne's Devotions...

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Location: Bellarmine Room, Heythrop College

Centre for Eastern Christianity Michaelmas Term Special Guest Lecture

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Death and Grace in John Donne's Devotions upon Emergent Occasions and the Book of Lamentations by Grigor Narekac‘i

Speaker: Professor Theo M. van Lint, Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, at the University of Oxford

There is no need to book for this lecture, please just come along.


Theo Maarten van Lint (PhD Leiden, 1996) has been Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies at the University of Oxford since 2002. His PhD thesis on the work of Kostandin of Erznka (13th-14th c.; today’s Erzıncan) considered religious aspects of Medieval Armenian poetry. His research interests concern the formation and development of the Armenian poetic tradition; ašuł – âşıq poetic performance and storytelling. His work on Vardan of Ani’s 11th c. Poem on the Divine Chariot forms part of a larger project on the reception of the Throne Vision of Ezekiel in Armenian literature and art, including a translation with study of Esayi Nč‘ec‘i’s Commentary on Ezekiel (1304). He is currently translating and commenting on the Epistolary of nobleman Grigor Magistros Pahlawuni (c. 985-1058), a renaissance layman and polymath first active in the Armenian Kingdom of Ani and after its fall in 1045 in Byzantine service. He is also workingon vardapet Yovhannēs Mrk‘uz of New Julfa’s apologetic treatise addressed at the Safavid Shia Muslims, The Desirable Law of Christ (1691), written on facing pages in Persian and Classical Armenian. This treatise is an important work in the history of Christian-Muslim relations.  

Contact Name: John Flannery
Contact Email: j.flannery@heythrop.ac.uk