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Blankinship, Kevin

Graduate Student, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago


Kevin Blankinship is a PhD candidate in medieval Arabic literature at the University of Chicago and a current Fulbright-Hays scholar in Morocco. His research is mainly on poetry, whether lyric, gnomic (wisdom), or devotional; Arabic-Romance comparisons; interactions of sacred and profane discourse; and East-West relations around the Mediterranean. He approaches these topics through the lens of literary history and intertextuality, including genre, imitation, translation, commentary, authorship, and history of the book. His dissertation is called "Receptions of Abu al-`Ala' al-Ma`arri," and it examines the literary legacy of Syrian poet, grammarian, ascetic, and alleged heretic al-Ma`arri (d. 1058). Kevin is also a freelance Arabic translator.

DISCIPLINE
Literature
SUB AREAS
Arabic   
Mediterranean Studies   
Middle East/Near East Studies   
Maghreb Studies   
Medieval   
Islamic Studies   
Comparative   
Classical   
Arab Studies   
Andalusi Studies   
African Studies   
7th-13th Centuries   
Persian   
Translation   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Islamic World   
All Middle East   
Arab States   
Egypt   
Maghreb   
Mediterranean Countries   
Morocco   
Syria   
The Levant   
SPECIALTIES
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LANGUAGES
Arabic (Fluent)   
Persian (Advanced)   
French (Advanced)   
German (Advanced)   
Portuguese (Fluent)   
Spanish (Advanced)   
Latin (Intermediate)   
EDUCATION
MA2015Summer Arabic SchoolMiddlebury College
MA2009Comparative LiteratureUNC Chapel Hill
BA2007Comparative LiteratureBrigham Young University
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Kevin Blankinship






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