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Thursday, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 205, JW Marriott

British, Or?

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Program arranged by the forum LLC Middle English. Presiding: Erin Felicia Labbie, Bowling Green State Univ.

Speakers: Matthieu Boyd, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., Florham-Madison; John M. Ganim, Univ. of California, Riverside; Rebecca Anne Hill, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; Kathy M. Lavezzo, Univ. of Iowa; Christopher Taylor, Williams Coll.

Literary studies today questions the notion that literatures reflect or produce nationalism, yet we continue to debate the question of the relevance of Middle English and medieval literature to British national identity. What is British? Where and when is what we call “the medieval” in relation to that which we deem “British”? Can we speak of a cosmopolitanism of medieval literature?

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