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Cancelled event – Kathy Lavezzo, Public lecture: “The Wandering Woman in the Jewish Boy: Gender, Antisemitism, and the English City”
November 22, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Friday, November 22, 4:00 p.m. Department of English, Helen C. White Room 6191. Public Lecture by Professor Kathy Lavezzo (English, University of Iowa).
Prof. Kathy Lavezzo had to cancel her visit to our campus on Friday. It is hoped that her visit can be rescheduled for the Spring semester.
The Middle Ages witnessed two monumental spatial phenomena, the rise of the city and the emergence of the doctrine of separate spheres. This talk considers the presence of a crucial way of understanding gender and urban space in a group of highly offensive texts: medieval English antisemitic literature. Focusing on one of the most widely told and influential medieval libels about Jews—the legend of the Jewish Boy—this presentation analyzes what happens when a racial and intolerant culture, oddly, imbues a woman with a public voice and public authority.