The Institute of Advanced Studies at University College London is delighted to launch 'The Futures of Medieval French: Essays in Honour of Sarah Kay', edited by Jane Gilbert (UCL) and Miranda Griffin (Cambridge). The panel discussion will welcome: Prof. Marisa Galvez (Stanford), Prof. Miri Rubin (QMU), Prof. Eliza Zingesser Columbia). Chair: Dr Mary Franklin-Brown (Cambridge).
The essays in this volume, brought together in honour of Sarah Kay, engage in critical, constructive dialogue with different aspects of her groundbreaking work, and envisage how these might shape medieval French as a discipline in coming years or decades. The subject matters demonstrate the richness of the discipline: animal studies, musicology, temporality, the material turn, medieval textuality, feminism, queer theory, voice, medieval and modern intellectual formations, psychoanalysis, philology, visual arts, transversal criticism, the literary object, affect, rhetoric, body, the past, modern responses to medieval forms and tropes, non-Christian texts and thought-patterns, politics. Reiterating Kay’s engagement with medieval literature’s complex philosophical debates and analytical scrutiny of human knowledge and affect, they follow her in emphasising how the pleasure of reading medieval literature depends crucially on that literature’s intellectual robustness.
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