Registration is now open for Professor Irina Dumitrescu’s workshops:
Charisma and the Saints
Tuesday, 11 February at 10:00 a.m.
What can contemporary celebrity and theatre studies reveal about the rhetoric of medieval hagiography? With the Old English Life of St Mary of Egypt as our main object, we will ask what lends saints and their stories enduring fascination and discuss how competing theories of charisma illuminate medieval narratives.
In this informal workshop we will discuss the opportunities and pitfalls of public writing for the scholar. We will cover nitty-gritty questions such as how to find outlets, write a pitch, and compose for a larger audience. We may also discuss larger issues such as the relationship of research to public writing and issues to look out for.
In this workshop we will consider Ælfric Bata’s early medieval classroom dialogues as performance texts, asking how they might have been used in context, what they taught (linguistically, ethically, socially), and what they might tell us about performance “before” theatre.