The Department of French and Italian

'Unhomely' Encounters with Others in Medieval Travel Literature

Sun, March 9, 2003

The Department of French and Italian, The Center for European Studies, The Department of Medieval Studies, The Department of Comparatvie Literature and The Graduate Schools George P. Macatee III Centennial Lectureship presents Simon Gaunt from Department of French, King's College London, "Unhomely" Encounters with Others in Medieval Travel Literature.

Simon Gaunt is professor of French literature at King's College London. His main research interests are: Old French literature; medieval Occitan literature; textual criticism (editing medieval texts); modern critical theory. He has worked on a wide range of twelfth- and thirteenth-century texts, including troubadour lyric, chansons de geste, verse and prose courtly romance, fabliaux, beast epic, hagiography, the Roman de la Rose and medieval travel literature. He is particularly interested in theoretically oriented approaches to medieval literature and to editing medieval texts, notably in relation to feminism and queer theory, Marxism, psychoanalysis, anthropology and postcolonial theory.

He is on the editorial boards of Comparative Literature, Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature, and of a new Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. He is President of the Society for French Studies. As his publications indicate, he regularly works on collaborative projects: these currently include The Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature, which he is editing with Sarah Kay and which is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in April 2008.

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