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Historical Anachronies and the Memory of Fiction: Medieval Objects over Time

Historical Anachronies and the Memory of Fiction: Medieval Objects over Time
125 Queen's Park Cr., Room 301
Time: Nov 11th, 10:00 am End: Nov 11th, 12:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Medieval Studies (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), History (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), French (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Classics (FAS), Book History/Print Culture, Art (FAS), 400-1200, 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Seminar by Helen Solterer, Duke University

The Graduate Centre for Study of Drama and the Medieval Studies Centre are pleased to present:

Professor Helen Solterer, Romance Studies, Duke University

Historical Anachronies & The Memory of Fiction: Medieval Objects over Time

Friday, 11 November 2011
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Lillian Massey Building, 125 Queen's Park, 3rd floor, Room 301

In the place of anachronism, that no-no of historical method, I would like the seminar to consider the idea of anachrony. A neologism of the nineteenth century, it has proved, in recent years, a rich tool of debate by philosophers, art and cultural critics, as well as historians, especially those interested in pre-modern cultures. How does it help us to think about our chosen medieval objects over time? In our discussion, it will be helpful to consider as well the debates over memory : the other major paradigm framing our critical relation to the distant past.

In my own remarks I’ll be working with the test case of François Villon, the celebrated and notorious poet of fifteenth-century Paris. Other cases would no doubt  enrich our work together. They could be a set of historical events, say the Inquisition, a philosophical text, say Boethius’s Consolation, an art object such as the mosaics at Ravenna, even a concept like feudalism.

Participants are invited to come to the seminar with a choice in mind. The recommended reading will offer a framework for discussion.

Please email medieval.studies@utoronto.ca or call (416) 978-4884 to indicate that you will attend.

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This event is free and open to the public.

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Professor Solterer will also be presenting a lecture on 10 November 2011 at 4:00 pm at 91 Charles St. West, Alumni Hall, titled "Enrolling Medieval Culture Performance, Politics, Secularism: A Franco-American History, 1933-1945".  Click HERE for details.

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