Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Michelle Warren "The Postcolonial Past" 2/12


Michelle Warren will give our second Gateway Lecture of the spring semester, "The Postcolonial Past," on Friday February 12th at 4 PM in Marvin Center Elliott Room 310 (800 21st St. NW). As Professor of Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College, Warren specializes in French and British medieval studies, romance philology, Arthurian studies, translation, and postcolonial theory. She is also a member of Dartmouth's Medieval and Renaissance Studies. A brief glimpse at her work:

“Medievalism and the Making of Nations.” Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of “The Middle Ages” Outside Europe. Ed. Nadia Altschul and Kathleen Davis. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009. 286-98.
Postcolonial Moves: Medieval through Modern, co-editor with Patricia Clare Ingham. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
History on the Edge: Excalibur and the Borders of Britain, 1100-1300. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.

Her current projects include Creole Medievalism (the role of colonialism in the formation of French medieval studies, focused on the Réunionnais writer Joseph Bédier); Making Furs, Making Romance (literary culture in early fifteenth-century London, centered on the translation of French romances sponsored by the Skinners' Guild); and Courting Empire (regional poetics in the works of Chrétien de Troyes). More information about her scholarship and research interests may be found at her Dartmouth website.

In preparation for "The Postcolonial Past," two articles are available here for download: "The Noise of Roland" (Exemplaria 16.2 2004) and “Au commencement était l'île: The Colonial Formation of Joseph Bédier’s Chanson de Roland.” Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures. Ed. Ananya J. Kabir and Deanne M. Williams. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2005. 205-26.

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