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Workshop for faculty, academic staff, and graduate students: Professor Kathy Lavezzo (English, University of Iowa)

March 27, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Professor Lavezzo will discuss the introduction to her recent book, The Accommodated Jew: English Antisemitism from Bede to Milton (2016) as well as a short article about Stuart Hall, J.R.R. Tolkien, and racism in the recent past of medieval studies. To register and receive the reading for this event, please contact Lisa Cooper at lhcooper@wisc.edu.

Professor Kathy Lavezzo (English, University of Iowa) is a well-established scholar in the field of medieval literary studies. Her wide-ranging work is especially engaged with issues of community, nationhood and social hierarchy; cultural geography and medieval cartography; Christian-Jewish relations; economy and trade; race and ethnicity; and gender and sexuality. Her most recent, groundbreaking book, The Accommodated Jew: English Antisemitism from Bede to Milton (Cornell, 2016) understands the mapping of Jews in English texts as richly responsive to the appearance of a secular and market-driven urban society in a Christian milieu. She is also the author of Angels on the Edge of the World: Geography, Literature, and English Community, 1000-1534 (Cornell, 2006), and of multiple articles published in prominent venues (Studies in the Age of Chaucer, New Medieval Literatures, and PMLA, among others); she is the editor of Imagining a Medieval English Nation (2003) and Essays in Memory of Richard Helgerson (2011). With Lisa Lampert-Weissig, Professor Lavezzo is also the principal investigator for a digital humanities project, Remappings. Her scholarship has been supported by a Frankel Institute Fellowship at the University of Michigan and a Solmsen Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities here at UW-Madison.

Professor Lavezzo’s visit is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Anonymous Fund, the Program in Medieval Studies, and the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at UW-Madison.


March 27, 2020
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm