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Another Pre-Modern North: Navigating with Inuit Cultures

Another Pre-Modern North: Navigating with Inuit Cultures
91 Charles Street West, Victoria College, Alumni Hall
Time: Nov 21st, 4:00 pm End: Nov 21st, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), French and Linguistics (UTSC), French (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), 2000-
Talk by Helen Solterer (Duke University

The Northrop Frye Centre proudly presents the Second Annual Brian Merrilees Lecture

Another Pre-Modern North: Navigating with Inuit Cultures

by Prof. Helen Solterer (Duke University) together with the generous support of the Department of French and the Centre for Medieval Studies. Please join us for this talk, which is given in memory and honour of Prof. Brian Merrilees, a much-loved colleague and an exemplary scholar.

The Anglo-Norman Voyage of Brendan, a fantastical travel narrative edited by Brian Merrilees, offers a timely challenge to go farther and widen perspectives on the pre-modern North. What happens when we depart not from Brendan's European coordinates, but from Arctic ones? In this paper, Prof. Solterer explores the North from the horizon of indigenous Inuit peoples, tracking what makes their cultures distinctive, pre-modern ones. Incorporating elements of material culture and styles of graphic narration, Solterer tests the case of Inuit aesthetics and our conceptions of pre-modern literary and visual arts.

We look forward to seeing you in Alumni Hall, Old Vic, Monday, November 21st at 4:00pm. All are welcome and there will be a reception to follow. Please visit: http://uoft.me/nfcrsvp2 to RSVP.



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