Carolyn Dinshaw, The Julius Silver, Roslyn S. Silver, and Enid Silver Winslow Professor of English and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, will visit CU to deliver the third Annual Doug Burger Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Studies on March 16, 2017, and to run a seminar on March 17, 2017, for interested graduate and advanced undergraduate students. 

Dr. 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 Texts, 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 as feminist and queer theory. Equally at home in both fields, literary theory and literature, her work has enabled an important dialogue about what we are doing when we study the past and why we might want to continue to do so.

Paradise, Mirage, Archive
     Thursday, March 16, 2017
     British Studies Room, Norlin Library M549
     4:30 p.m. reception, 5 p.m. talk

This talk will explore impossible or unmappable spaces, taking as its point of departure St. Brendan's Isle, an edenic spot supposedly reached by St. Brendan in the early Middle Ages but by the late 18th century determined to be a mirage, in order to speculate about exploration and empire, historical research, and the promise of utopia – a place at once real, illusory, and animated by desire.

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