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UI hosts conference for Medieval scholars
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will host a group of about
80 scholars who study Medieval literature and history on Sept. 19-20 for
the 13th annual conference of the Medieval Association of the Midwest.
The conference draws participants from all over the region, including
several recent UI Ph.D. graduates, who are now teaching on campuses in
Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico.
Kathleen Ashley, of the University of Southern Maine, will give the
keynote address Friday, Sept. 19. A leading cultural critic of medieval
literature, Ashley will discuss a medieval French conduct book for women.
Her lecture, "The Miroir des bonnes femmes -- Not for Women
Only?" is free and open to the public.
All UI faculty and graduate students are welcome to attend sessions
of the conference, which include such topics as "Monsters, Saints,
and Leaders in Old English," "French Queens and French Literature,"
and "Anglo-Saxon Humor."
A few high-profile Medieval scholars will be on hand for the weekend,
including Rice University's Jane Chance, a major feminist critic of medieval
literature, and St. Louis University's Tom Shippey, a leading Anglo-Saxon
UI English professor Jonathan Wilcox, who organized this year's conference,
says the conference will bring together a stimulating mix of Anglo-Saxonists
and experts in Medieval cultural studies. "Part of the charm of the
conference is that it pulls a few big names as well as professors and graduate
students from colleges and universities all over this region," Wilcox