November 04, 2005


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jeffrey Cohen, associate professor of English and human sciences at George Washington University, will give the talk, "Animals in the Middle Ages," Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the English department, the Bucknell Medieval Caucus, and the Bucknell Environmental Center.

Cohen's talk will focus on animals as a source of symbolic meaning and intersubjective identity in medieval art and literature.

Editor and author of a number of cutting-edge studies of medieval literature, Cohen represents a new wave of theoretical approaches to medieval studies, according to Alf Siewers, assistant professor of medieval English literature at Bucknell.

"We're very pleased to welcome Professor Cohen to Bucknell, as his visit provides a chance for students and faculty to engage with one of the rising stars in a new wave of medieval scholarship, which is including theoretical as well as philological and source-study work as central to its readings of old and often familiar texts.

"His theme also provides an opportunity to explore the shaping of Western views of the natural world in a formative period for European culture, an issue that is of relevance to global environmental concerns related to Western culture today," he said.

Cohen's works include The Postcolonial Middle Ages (St. Martin's Press, 2000), Of Giants: Sex, Monsters, and the Middle Ages (University of Minnesota Press, 1999), Becoming Male in the Middle Ages (Garland Publishing, 1997), and Monster Theory: Reading Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 1996).

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