International Studies & Programs

Faculty Spotlight

Tamar Boyadjian, Assistant Professor

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Tamar Boyadjian’s research and teaching interests focus on medieval literature and culture–most prominently on the literary intersections between Europe and the Middle East in the medieval period. Her work examines the way in which medieval European literature imagined the medieval Middle East and vice versa, interrogating questions of literary and spatial representations of different ethno-religious cultures across the medieval Mediterranean world. Her forthcoming book (2018) entitled The City Lament: Lamenting Jerusalem in the Medieval Mediterranean, examines the re-presentation of the city of Jerusalem in narratives produced during the crusades in the English, French, Latin, Arabic, and Armenian traditions. In its attempt to challenge hegemonic and entrenched approaches to the study of the crusades and medieval literature, this book exposes cultural and literary intersections between Western Europe and a number of ethno-religious cultures of the “east,” by arguing for shared modes of representing the loss of the city of Jerusalem in their narratives. Boyadjian’s next book examines representations of Byzantine and Armenian princesses in medieval English literary romances under the larger umbrella of the study of the representations of peoples of the “east” –such as the Armenians, Greeks, Jews, Arabs, and Mongols–in medieval English and Old French literature, and the ways in which the literary sources of the “east” characterize England and Western Europe.

Boyadjian’s academic work has also informed her teaching as she teaches courses on medieval literature, the crusades, the Middle East and medieval Europe –and even Robin Hood and King Arthur. She is also an internationally recognized poet who composes in Western Armenian (and other languages).