Disability and Marginality in Medieval England and France
This course focused on disabled bodies and the cultural forces that acted upon them, as represented in a variety of types of early Christian and medieval texts in Latin, French, and English. Readings devoted special attention to blindness because of its strong metaphorical associations in medieval Christian discourse.
The course will bagan with readings in disability theory and its relation to the study of literature. Literary texts included Old French farces and fabliaux, saints’ lives, Chaucer’s “Merchant’s Tale,” Henryson’s “Testament of Cresseid,” The Croxton “Play of the Sacrament,” and “The Tale of Beryn.”
Participants: Jodi Bertram, Marquette University; Amrita Dhar, University of Michigan; Annalese Knarr Duprey, Northwestern University; Jennifer Emling, Loyola University Chicago; Jennifer Frey, Loyola University Chicago; Justin Hastings, Loyola University Chicago; Kyle Henrichs, Illinois State University; Laurence Hooper, University of Chicago; Emily Inman, Loyola University Chicago; Shannon Larson, Marquette University; Leann Stuber, Loyola University Chicago; Devon Wallace, Loyola University Chicago
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