I thought I would forwarded this on to (possibly) interested parties.
The Anglo Saxon Studies Colloquium
announces two events with
Stephen J. Harris
(University of Massachusetts)
Monday April 20
at Rutgers University
6.00 pm Lecture
Murray Hall, Room 302
"Did the Anglo-Saxons Understand Beauty?"
Seamus Heaney obliquely observed of North Germanic poetry its tendency
to "trust the feel of what nubbed treasure/ your hands have known." With
few exceptions, the poetic vocabulary of Old English shies from explicit
abstraction. There is no mention of the True or the Good, let alone of
physical beauty--descriptions of people and landscapes are exceedingly
rare, for example. As a consequence, post-Enlightenment critics trying
to recover an Anglo-Saxon Weltanschauung are faced with methodological
difficulties that become increasingly pronounced as we come to search
for literary reflexes of identity, ethnicity, gender, and so forth. What
form did their abstract world take? How was it manifested in material
form? How did their poetry relate to ideas of the Beautiful�if it did at
all? And if we are to answer such questions, what would our answers look
like? In this talk, I discuss Hebrew, Latin, Greek, and Anglo-Saxon
ideas of the Beautiful and how one might go about looking for Beauty in
Old English poetry.
Tuesday April 21
Workshop at Columbia University
First Workshop: "Beautiful Materialities"
Apr 21, 1pm - 2.30 pm 401 Hamilton
Second Workshop: "Community"
April 21, 4.10 pm - 5.30 pm 501 Int'l Affairs building (CIPA)
Please send an email to assc@...
Reading materials will be made available in advance to those who
register in advance.
Attendance is free and open to the public.
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For further updates and future talks, please check our website:
ASSC Sponsored by: The Department of English and Comparative Literature,
Columbia University; Dean for the Humanities, New York University; The
Department of English, Princeton University; The Medieval Studies
Program, Princeton University; The Department of English, University of
Rhode Island; The Department of English, Rutgers University.
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