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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Filth, Fornication, and Four-Letter Words: Obscenity in the French of Medieval Britain

19th February 2018, 18:00 to 19:00, Elvet Riverside 141, Dr Daron Burrows (University of Oxford)

Everyone is welcome to what promises to be an unusually spicy seminar, as part of the series Mothertongues: Gender, Ideology and the Vernacular Languages in Medieval Culture.

About the speaker

Dr Daron Burrows is Associate Professor in Medieval French, Fellow of St Peter’s College. His early research focussed particularly on comic and satirical literature, as exemplified by my books The Stereotype of the Priest in the Old French Fabliauxand Two Old French Satires on the Power of the Keys. Over time, he has become increasingly interested in traditional philology, in particular text editing and manuscript studies, and in Anglo-Norman language and literature, as reflected by my editions of the Vie de seint Clement and The Abingdon Apocalypse. He attaches particular importance to the study of less well-known or marginal texts, as a result of which his research has dealt with a diverse range of subjects including hagiography, Coronation orders, dance steps, and genital anthropomorphism.

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  • 29th January 2021
  • Title TBC
  • Online (Zoom)
  • Dr Hannah-Rose Murray (University of Edinburgh)