- Attend the Core Faculty Lecture on Zoom
- Meeting ID: 922 8954 4225
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- Lecture: "From Margaret the Dragon Slayer to Margery Kempe: Narrating Women's Lives in 15th–Century England."
- Lecturer: Karen Winstead, Professor at The Ohio State University and Core Faculty member of Project Narrative
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*Zoom information forthcoming.
Please join Project Narrative for a Core Faculty lecture by Dr. Karen Winstead, who will present a talk titled "From Margaret the Dragon Slayer to Margery Kempe: Narrating Women’s Lives in 15th–Century England." The talk explores how the 15th century was remarkable for its depth and range of narrative invention. Dr. Winstead will look at some of the extraordinary new ways that 15th–century authors developed to narrate life stories. Her focus will be writings about women, from the legendary Saint Margaret, dragon slayer, to Margery Kempe, entrepreneur, mother of 14, visionary and traveler. She will show how narratology can help us appreciate the way lives were constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed in late medieval England. You can expect the unexpected, from runaway prologues to proto fan fiction to virtual realities.
About Karen Winstead
Karen Winstead is professor of English at The Ohio State University, where she is also the director of Undergraduate Studies for the English department and a Core Faculty member of Project Narrative. Her research interests include medieval literature, popular culture, medievalism, narrative, life-writing, gender and sexuality. She has published four monographs: 15th–Century Lives; The Oxford History of Life-Writing, Volume 1: The Middle Ages; John Capgrave's 15th Century; and Virgin Martyrs: Legends of Sainthood in Late Medieval England. She has also translated and edited medieval lives of various female saints, and she has published essays on Geoffrey Chaucer, Margery Kempe and appropriations of the Middle Ages in film and contemporary novels.
Her teaching interests range from medieval literature to contemporary film and popular culture. She regularly teaches the Survey of British Literature to 1800, Special Topics in Women and Literature (“Medieval Women”), Special Topics in Film and Literature (“Monsters Without and Within”), Special Topics in Popular Culture (“Vampires”) and other topics in medieval literature at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2016 and 2019, she won the English Undergraduate Organization's Professor of the Year award, and in 2020, she won the English Graduate Organization’s Professor of the Year award.