David Lennington

B. A. in English, Spanish, and Classics, The University of Texas at Austin, 2000

I am interested in how populations in the Middle Ages conceptualized themselves and how they imagined their geographic, cultural, religious, and temporal “others”.  I am committed to analyzing these issues in a legitimately multicultural way, including Arabic and Judeo-Arabic texts from the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain, in addition to texts in European languages.  I believe that the issues of religion, violence, human dignity, and the opposite of each of these can only be fully understood in the present day by understanding how these concepts operated in the Middle Ages and continued to follow trajectories through each of the successive waves of modernities.  I am working on a dissertation entitled “Early England and Its Others: Identity and Alterity at the Beginning of English Literature”.  In it, I address the matters posited above while challenging assumptions about orientalism and about what the job of a scholar is in addressing such issues.  While in Princeton’s Ph. D. program I have studied in Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, where I recently did linguistic fieldwork studying the dialect of the Ghāmid tribe in the mountains of the southwest of that country.

Selected Publications: 


Lennington, David. "al-Bū‘azīzī, Skin, and the Authorial Photograph.” RECEPTION ROOMS. Princeton: IHUM BOOKS, 2011. Print.