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“In This World He Changed His Life”: The Medieval Faces of King Arthur

Date: 4:30pm - 5:30pm PST February 22, 2011 Location: Mill 105

Mill 105

A lecture by Dr. Ann Marie Rasmussen from Duke University:
“In This World He Changed His Life”:  The Medieval Faces of King Arthur.


Modern audiences and readers think of King Arthur as the hero or protagonist of the Arthurian legend in a way that differs greatly from the Arthur of medieval sources. This illustrated lecture explores the changing and surprising styles of leadership that are represented in the multi-lingual, trans-national, medieval Arthurian tradition. Its goal is to broaden awareness of the vast realm of wonderful medieval Arthurian stories, whose epi-center is not England but rather the continent.


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Visiting Professor of Medieval Studies at Lewis & Clark College for the spring semester 2011, Ann Marie Rasmussen is a professor of German Studies at Duke University, where she has taught since 1988. She received her BA from the University of Oregon and her PhD from Yale University. Her scholarship and teaching focus on medieval studies and gender studies. The author of Mothers and Daughters in Medieval German Literature (1997), co-editor of Medieval Woman’s Song (2002, with Anne Klinck) and co-author of Ladies, Whores, and Pious Women: A Sourcebook in Courtly, Religious, and Urban Cultures of Late Medieval Germany, with Introductory Essays (2010, with Sarah Westphal-Wihl), she has also published articles and essays on a variety of topics, including “Visible and Invisible Landscapes: Medieval Monasticism as a Cultural Resource in the Pacific Northwest” (2006).  She is currently researching late medieval cultures of obscenity and writing a book with the provisional title “Sex on Show: Medieval Sexual Badges.”   

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