Carolyn Dinshaw Lecture Flyer

Join the CU English Department for the 3rd Annual Doug Berger Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Literature on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM in Norlin Library's Center for British and Irish Studies Room. Reception prior to lecture at 4:30PM. 

This year's lecture features Dr. Carolyn Dinshaw (NYU).  Carolyn Dinshaw is one of the most influential writers and thinkers in cultural studies today. Author of groundbreaking works on Chaucer's poetry, Chaucer's Sexual Poetics (1989), and medieval literature, Getting Medieval: Sexualities and Communities, Pre- and Postmodern (1999) and How Soon is Now? Medieval Textx, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time (2012), Dinshaw has been a leader in opening up what was an extremely traditional field- medieval English literature- to new, theoretical approaches such a feminist and queer theory. 

The Burger Lecture has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Department of English, the Center for Western Civilization, Thought & Policy, and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. 


33 people collectively attended Dinshaw's talk and the graduate seminar. On Thursday, March 16, 2017, Prof. Dinshaw gave a talk on mirages and on Friday, March 17, 2017 Dinshaw ran a seminar for graduate students on the case of John/Eleanor Rykener, that late fourteenth-century sex worker caught in the act in London, turning tricks in a dress. This visit provided an opportunity for graduate students to learn about new directions in literary study and to reflect on the kinds of work that they might want to take. Additionally, the visit encouraged a very productive discussion about graduate education and undergraduate enrollments for myself and other faculty.

The Center for Western Civilization, Thought and Policy funds research and educational initiatives that contribute to critical reflection on the development of Western civilization. All CU Boulder faculty and students are eligible to apply If you are interested in applying for a CWCTP faculty grant, deadlines are rolling throughout the year.