Comparative Literature Annual Zantop Lecture


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Title: Dante's Intent Geometer: 'alta fantasia', vision, and creation in
medieval poetry

Mary Carruther's  research interests lie in the psychological, socio-cultural, and textual
aspects of medieval rhetoric in the Latin traditions, in reading practices
deriving from monastic meditation and prayer, and in questions of literacy and
orality in various medieval literary cultures, clerical and courtly. Her
influence over the field of medieval studies can be measured by the large
number of books and conferences over the past decade devoted to 'memory' and
'commemoration'. Her work on verbal and non-verbal rhetoric (memory,
performance, invention) is considered seminal and widely cited by art
historians, musicologists, psychologists and even neuroscientists. Few
scholars have such a wide interdisciplinary influence.

Sponsored by the Comparative Literature Program