Miranda Griffin, Ph.D., will give a guest lecture on the figures of Melusine and St. Margaret in medieval manuscripts at 4 p.m., May 9, in Room 142, Adorjan Hall.
Griffin, who specializes in medieval French literature and teaches as St. Catharine’s College, the University of Cambridge. She is the author of The Object and the Cause in the Vulgate Cycle about King Arthur, his knights and the Holy Grail and Transforming Tales: Rewriting Metamorphosis in Medieval French Literature, which focuses on transformation and shapeshifting in characters such as werewolves, snake-women and the magician Merlin.
The May 9 talk will focus on how the figures of Melusine and St. Margaret were associated with childbirth and fertility in the Middle Ages. Griffin will explore the inscriptions, images and erasures borne by relevant manuscripts as assemblages, bringing together the materiality and temporality of a range of human and non-human understandings of bodies in time. A reception will follow.
Griffin’s lecture is sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.