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Public lecture "Living in a Material World? : Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" on November 23


Time and Date 18:20 - 19:20, Monday, November 23
Place Ikebukuro Campus Main Building, classroom 1202
Lecturer Professor Neil Cartlidge from Durham University

Neil Cartlidge works on the cultural, social and intellectual history of the Middle Ages, focusing particularly on Middle English literature, and its relationships with works in Latin and French (which were living languages in England for much of the medieval
period). Much of his current research is addressed to themes and motifs that have resonances throughout medieval Europe; and he has become increasingly interested in the way that such ideas both feed and challenge the construction of the Middle Ages as an idea that suits the purposes and preoccupations of modernity. He also has particular
research interests in the history of attitudes to the law (and to legal relationships such as marriage); debate-poetry, dialogues and drama; medieval romances; and the works of Chaucer.

[Academic Biography]
Academic Biography His most recent book is The Works of Chardri: Three Poems in the French of Thirteenth-Century England: The Life of the Seven Sleepers, The Life of St Josaphaz and The Little Debate (Tempe, AZ, 2015). This is the first translation (into any modern language) of the complete works of a lively but little known Anglo-French writer called “Chardri” (a name which should presumably be read as an anagram of "Richard"). In addition, he has published a critical edition of the first long comic poem in the English language, The Owl and the Nightingale: Text and Translation; and a monograph on medieval depictions of marriage, Medieval Marriage: Literary Approaches 1100-1300 (Cambridge, 1997). He has edited two volumes of essays on different aspects of medieval romance: Boundaries in Medieval Romance (Cambridge, 2008) and Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Medieval Romance (Cambridge, 2012). He is also the author of over forty essays and journal-articles. These include contributions to Journal of Medieval Latin, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, English Studies, Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, Viator, Medium Aevum, Papers on Language and Literature, Chaucer Review, Modern Language Review and Yearbook of English Studies
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