Leverhulme Fellowship for Axel Stähler
16 April 2018
Dr Axel Stähler, Reader in the Department of Comparative Literature, has just been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for a project entitled ‘Jerusalem Destroyed: Literature, Art, and Music in Nineteenth-Century Europe’.
The project proposes to interrogate representations of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70CE in relation to negotiations of Jewishness in nineteenth-century European cultural production. It encompasses primary material as diverse as drama and historical fiction, paintings, oratorios, operas, and libretti from Germany, Britain, and Italy. Each country produced a specific response to the subject which became manifest in distinctive narrative emphases and in preferences for different media and genres. Situating these developments in their respective cultural-historical, social, and political contexts, the project investigates the individual trajectories of the engagement with the destruction of Jerusalem against cross-cultural and transnational influences and similarities.
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