Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Tristan and Iseult @ AU
Joan Tasker Grimbert, Professor of French and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University of America, will deliver an illustrated talk on "Romantic (Mis)readings of the Medieval Legend of Tristan and Iseult: Richard Wagner, Joseph Bédier, and Denis de Rougemont." An expert on the Tristan legend from its medieval beginnings to the present (and editor of Tristan and Isolde: A Casebook), Prof. Grimbert will show how the modern conception of Tristan and Iseult has been changed by these nineteenth- and twentieth-century figures, despite their claims to have captured the essence of the medieval legend.
The talk will take place at 4:30 P.M. on Thursday, November 5, in the Butler Board Room at American University. Discussion and refreshments to follow the talk; all are welcome. Please contact Michael Wenthe at wenthe AT american DOT edu if you have questions about this event, part of the Graduate Speakers Series of the Department of Literature at American University.