Join us on Friday, January 30th as we welcome David Wallace, the first speaker in our series of talks planned for this semester. David Wallace is Judith Rodin Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. A former president of the New Chaucer Society, amongst other notable appointments, his previous book publications as author and editor include Premodern Places: Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004); The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women’s Writing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003); The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999); Medieval Crime and Social Control (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998); Chaucerian Polity: Absolutist Lineages and Associational Forms in England and Italy (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997); Bodies and Disciplines: Intersections of Literature and History in Fifteenth-Century England (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996); Giovanni Boccaccio: Decameron (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991); Medieval Literary Theory and Criticism, c. 1100-c. 1375: The Commentary Tradition (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988); and Chaucer and the Early Writings of Boccaccio (Cambridge, England: D.S. Brewer, 1985).
He is currently conceptualizing a literary history of Europe from 1348-1400. His talk on the 30th will certainly reflect his latest project's aspirations: "Writing after Catastrophe: Conceptualizing Literary History and the Boundaries of Europe, 1348-1400." The event begins at 4 PM in the Marvin Center Ampitheatre located on the third floor of GWU's Marvin Center (800 21st St NW). More information about our distinguished speaker can be found here.