2 to 5 pm Fridays
This course will focus on disabled bodies and the cultural forces that acted upon them, as represented in a variety of types of early Christian and medieval texts in Latin, French, and English. We will devote special attention to blindness because of its strong metaphorical associations in medieval Christian discourse. The course will begin with readings in disability theory and its relation to the study of literature. Literary texts will include Old French farces and fabliaux, saints’ lives, Chaucer’s “Merchant’s Tale,” Henryson’s “Testament of Cresseid,” The Croxton Play of the Sacrament,” and “The Tale of Beryn.”
Learn more about the instructor: Edward Wheatley, Loyola University Chicago.
Students may take this seminar on a not-for-credit basis or arrange to earn credit at their home campuses. When space permits, consortium faculty members are encouraged to audit Newberry seminars, and graduate students from non-consortium schools may also enroll.
Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.
Enrollment is limited to 12, with priority to students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions, in accordance with the consortium agreement. The course fee is waived for consortium students.
The early application deadline is May 15. Apply online here. We will notify applicants whether they have been accepted by May 22. We may accept later applications if space permits.