“The lecture addresses two strange composite bodies of women who were associated with childbirth and fertility in the Middle Ages: Mélusine and St. Margaret. Starting from a comparison of the representation of these two figures in manuscripts of the medieval French texts held in Cambridge libraries, I explore the inscriptions, images and erasures borne by these manuscripts as assemblages, bringing together the materiality and temporality of a range of human and non-human understandings of bodies in time.”
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Presented by the Medieval and Renaissance Center at NYU as part of the Distinguished Lectures Series