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My manes mynde to maddying malte: Encountering the Pearl Maiden in Divine Enclosure

This post examines the way in which different types of enclosure converge in the Middle English poem Pearl (late 14th century). It takes a closer look at the earthly grief expressed by the male narrator in relation to his encounter of the Pear Maiden, who is living in Heavenly Jerusalem, which can be seen as a form of divine enclosure.

(Feb 18) Edith Hall: Negotiating Class and Gender in Classics and in the Real World with Edith Hall

In order to listen to Edith Hall’s talk titled: “Negotiating Class and Gender in Classics and in the Real World with Edith Hall”, you have to register here In this talk Edith Hall will explore the interactions between her extra-curricular life since her schooldays, including her political activism, and the topics she has chosen to …

Wed., Feb 10th 4PM GMT, Beginningless Remaking in Julian of Norwich’s Vernacular Theology

Beginningless remaking in Julian of Norwich’s vernacular theology
Vernacular theologian Julian of Norwich, (c. 1343 – c. 1416) devoted much of her adult life to revising the account of her visionary experience; the earlier, shorter Vision Showed to a Devout Woman and the later, longer Revelation of Love both bear witness to incessant reviewing of form and content. Reading these revisions alongside anchoritic liturgy, I argue that both how Julian’s text and thought evolve, and that they evolve constitute “dissimilar similarities”. These are similitudes like and unlike the celestial glory they image — a paradox earlier theorized by the Pseudo-Dionysius — of the beginningless, maternal remaking Julian ascribes to Christ.

Cinema of Enclosure: La Religieuse

To examine Jacques Rivette’s oeuvre in terms of enclosure, writing about La Religieuse (1966) is most and least appropriate. A filmmaker of exhilarating invisible architectures, Rivette compulsively refracts structures of inside and outside, control and freedom, enclosure and escape. An axiom of enclosure in Rivette’s cinema might begin with the ghostly mansion in Céline and …

(Jan 22) The Female Husband With Sal Nicolazzo

Sal Nicolazzo dives deeper into the 18th-century story The Female Husband (1746) by Henry Fielding as the tale serves as an appetite for the reader and narrative in the concern of labor, fraud, and comedy. The look into early capitalism when masculinity represented private property. How gender signifies a wider legal meaning as it relates …

(Feb 4) Classics, Creativity and Survival with Sarah Nooter

Both the field of Classics and the Humanities in general are often said to be in a state of crisis, or even to be on the verge of collapse or apocalypse. In this lecture, Dr. Nooter briefly contextualize these claims within the history of Anglophone education, suggesting that they have always been in a state …

(Feb 4) Hope: An Artist’s Journey Through the Landscapes of Faith by Laura Lasworth

We are excited to announce that Laura Lasworth is giving a talk titled “Hope: An Artist’s Journey Through the Landscapes of Faith on Feb 4th, 7-8pm PST. Please note, that you have to register on evenbrite in advance. You can do this by clicking here  We are looking forward to listening to this interesting talk! 

Call for Abstracts: Women on Medieval Philosophy

Women On Medieval Philosophy 8–10 July 2021: International Online Conference, Hosted by the University of Leuven (Belgium)

Call for Abstracts

We invite submissions to our upcoming conference from women scholars
working on any aspect of medieval philosophy, broadly construed. The
conference aims to provide an opportunity for women in all stages of their
academic careers to present their current research, and in doing so
showcase women’s contributions to the field, as well as to help foster
networking opportunities between participants. We especially encourage
submissions from underrepresented groups and from scholars working on
underrepresented topics in medieval philosophy.