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SYMPOSIUM: Medieval Bestsellers vs. Masterpieces: What We Read Now & What They Read Then

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Symposium: Medieval Bestsellers vs Masterpieces
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Symposium: Medieval Bestsellers vs Masterpieces

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The Loma Pelona Center at UCSB is proud to present this FREE symposium on Friday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This convention unravels the strange fact that the works that we now study and teach in both European and Middle Eastern-medieval inquiries, were in fact not popular or even read in their day. On the other hand, those texts that were popular, as evidenced by the extant manuscript record, are taught and studied with far less frequency. The symposium will provide cross-cultural insight into both the literary tastes of the medieval period and the literary and political forces behind the creation of the modern canon of medieval literature.

The convention will be joined by English Professors Heather Blurton, from UCSB, Shamma Boyarin, from the University of Victoria, Christine Chism and Matthew Fisher, from UCLA; History Professor Paul Cobb, from the University of Pennsylvania; Literature Professors Sharon Kinoshita and Daniel Seldon, from UC Santa Cruz; Religious Studies Professor Dwight Reynolds, from UCSB; and Comparative Literature Professor, Elias Muhanna, from Brown University.

 

—Danielle Hazlett