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Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World Presents

Mediterranean Collaborative Talk: Ellen Arnold "Poetic Riverscapes in the Early Middle Ages"

2/21/18, 4:00 PM

About this event

Please join the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World's Mediterranean Collaborative in welcoming Ellen Arnold (History, Ohio Wesleyan University) for a talk entitled "Poetic Riverscapes in the Early Middle Ages."

This talk will use the writings of three early medieval poets to argue the environmental imagination of pre-modern works contains the same complexity, nuance, and creativity that marks modern environmentally-inflected works. Though medieval writers are not often credited with imagining the complex interactions of what we would now call ecosystems, their literary riverscapes reflect an awareness of the complex connections within and alongside rivers. Explicating these early medieval texts highlights the complex ways these medieval authors understood rivers and show us the altered ways that we, on the other side of the modern/pre-modern divide, imagine and experience rivers and their denizens.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Center for Medieval Studies and the Environmental Humanities Initiative.
Event Location
  • 1210 Heller Hall
  • 271 19th Ave S
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA