Tag Archives: reception history

Boethius at the Newberry Library

In winter quarter of 2019 I will teach a 10-week seminar on “Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy and Its Afterlife” at the Newberry Library in Chicago. This course is open to graduate students at any of the consortium institutions of the … Continue reading

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Boethius, Spring 2016

Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy and Its Afterlife. Spring 2016. Course rationale.  Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy was one of the most influential literary texts in medieval Europe. From the time of its rediscovery in the Carolingian period, the Consolation was valued as … Continue reading

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Boethius in Medieval England

I have contributed a chapter on Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy to the forthcoming Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, vol. 1: The Middle Ages. Written in 524-25, on the cusp of antiquity and the Middle Ages, the Consolation … Continue reading

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Boethius at MLA

[I thank the panelists for their paper proposals and interest in this session. Eleanor Johnson and Linda Shenk are authors of recent books bearing on the session topic: respectively, Practicing Literary Theory in the Middle Ages: Ethics and the Mixed … Continue reading

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Literary Approaches to the Past: ENGL 179 F13

course description (with Eric Weiskott): Organized around the theme of the distant past, this course makes a study of selected works of medieval, early modern, and modern literature. We read four pairs of texts, selected to illustrate contrasting approaches to … Continue reading

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What’s the Object? The Siege of Jerusalem and the Notion of ‘Context’

[Prepared remarks for the roundtable “Rereading The Siege of Jerusalem” organized by Julie Orlemanski and Alex Mueller at the convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association held 22 March 2013 in Boston, MA.] The title I give to these remarks … Continue reading

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Piers Plowman: ENGL 534 F12

course description: A study of Piers Plowman, the brilliant and expansive poem probably authored by William Langland in three versions between the 1360s and about 1390. We make a sequential reading of what is called the “C version.” Simultaneously, we … Continue reading

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