In a Better and Older Language: The Redemptive Potential of Arabic and Its Translated Fictions

In a Better and Older Language: The Redemptive Potential of Arabic and Its Translated Fictions IN A BETTER AND OLDER LANGUAGE: THE REDEMPTIVE POTENTIAL OF ARABIC A N D I T S T R A N S L AT E D F I C T I O N S S.J. Pearce N EW YO R K U N I V E R SI T Y "The dead shall be raised". -- I Corinthians 15:15, inscribed in the lintel of the Grove Street Cemetery gate, New Haven, CT A man in possession of a strange, esoteric and rare medieval manuscript written in an indecipherable old language is approached by a literatureloving friend who beseeches him to make the incredible text accessible by translating it and adding a suitable prologue. It was once a widely-read and -regarded text, but now, owing to social, religious and intellectual controversy, most of the copies have been destroyed ­burned or sold for rag­ but this hardly matters as so very few people would have been able to read it in its original language, anyway. The man gives in and labors away translating ­ or does he? The manuscript tells a story of books and death; and LA CORÓNICA 43.1 FALL 2014 179-99 PEARCE LA CORÓNICA 43.1, 2014 when you http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures La corónica: Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures & Culture

In a Better and Older Language: The Redemptive Potential of Arabic and Its Translated Fictions

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La corónica: Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures & Culture
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IN A BETTER AND OLDER LANGUAGE: THE REDEMPTIVE POTENTIAL OF ARABIC A N D I T S T R A N S L AT E D F I C T I O N S S.J. Pearce N EW YO R K U N I V E R SI T Y "The dead shall be raised". -- I Corinthians 15:15, inscribed in the lintel of the Grove Street Cemetery gate, New Haven, CT A man in possession of a strange, esoteric and rare medieval manuscript written in an indecipherable old language is approached by a literatureloving friend who beseeches him to make the incredible text accessible by translating it and adding a suitable prologue. It was once a widely-read and -regarded text, but now, owing to social, religious and intellectual controversy, most of the copies have been destroyed ­burned or sold for rag­ but this hardly matters as so very few people would have been able to read it in its original language, anyway. The man gives in and labors away translating ­ or does he? The manuscript tells a story of books and death; and LA CORÓNICA 43.1 FALL 2014 179-99 PEARCE LA CORÓNICA 43.1, 2014 when you

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La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and CulturesLa corónica: Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures & Culture

Published: Mar 12, 2014

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