The Catholic University of America

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Lecture on 12th-Century Poet Marie de France: "Marie de France's Architecture of Memory"

WHEN: Monday, March 9, 5 p.m.

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Caldwell Hall, Monsignor Stephen J. Happel Room
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


According to lecturer Logan E. Whalen, the genius of the 12th-century French poet, Marie de France, lies in the connection she makes between the representation of intricate narrative descriptions and the faculty of memory. She consistently creates mentally visual images throughout her texts that are easily recorded in the minds of her audience. Her vocabulary, narrative structure, descriptions, references to past authorities, and subject matter collectively form an architecture of memory in her poetic craft that distinguishes her from other authors of her time.

Whalen is an associate professor of French at the University of Oklahoma whose research concentrates on medieval French literature, including romance, fable and Arthurian texts. He has given numerous presentations on these topics at national and international conferences and has worked extensively with medieval manuscripts in many European libraries. He has published the book Marie de France and the Poetics of Memory (The Catholic University of America Press, 2008). He has another book forthcoming, A Companion to Marie de France (Leiden, Holland: Brill, 2009).

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

For more information, call Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5794.

SPONSORS: Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies
Graduate Student Association

MEDIA: To cover the lecture, reporters must contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.