PROFESSOR CLAIRE WATERS TO GIVE TALK ON “MARIAN RECREATIONS: CREATIVITY, ABUNDANCE, AND RIVALRY IN MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT POETRY”: On Thursday, 4/11, at 4pm, in 1210 McClung Tower, Professor Claire Waters will give a talk on “Marian Recreations: Creativity, Abundance, and Rivalry in Medieval Manuscript Poetry” as part of the Literature, Criticism, and Textual Studies Speaker Series. Waters’ talk will look at the “combative and rivalrous” aspects of poems in praise of the Virgin and considers manuscript layout as well as content to explore the interplay between collective and individual engagement with Mary.
Waters is professor of English at the University of California, Davis; her research focuses on the transmission and reception of religious teaching in the high and late Middle Ages in English, French, and Latin. Her most recent monograph, Translating Clergie (Penn, 2016), examines relationships between teachers and learners in French religious verse of the twelfth to fourteenth centuries. She recently published an edition and translation of the Lais of Marie de France with Broadview Press, and she is on the Editorial Board of the Brepols series Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts. Her current work focuses on creative responses to the Virgin Mary as these appear in Marian lyric poetry and miracle stories.