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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Events and Outreach

Becoming Bear: Environment, Agency, and Gender in the Calisto Story

22nd May 2018, 18:00, Senate Suite, Durham Castle, Professor Peggy McCracken, Society for French Studies' Visiting International Fellow

This lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. Attendance is free, but booking is essential. Book your place here.

Peggy McCracken’s research interests are in the intersections of medieval literature, history and theory. Her most recent book is In the Skin of a Beast: Sovereignty and Animality in Medieval France. In earlier projects, she explored the intersections of medieval theories and practices of queenship with romances about adulterous queens, and the ways in which gendered cultural values are mapped onto representations of blood. She has collaborated with colleagues to write books on Chrétien de Troyes and Marie de France. Her other recent books focus on Barlaam and Josaphat, a widely circulating medieval saint’s life based on the life of the Buddha.

Her work at Durham relates to a project called Ovidian Ecologies, a study of medieval translations of stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses in terms of ecologies broadly and variously defined: the ecology of the natural world, but also political ecology and ecologies of gender and sexuality.

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