[PAST EVENT] Touching & Reading in the Middle Ages: The Manual in/of Devotion

Monday, February 11th 2013
5pm
Tyler Hall, Room 301
300 James Blair Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Professor Lara Farina, Dept. of English, West Virginia University, will address medieval practices of reading, focusing on the role of tactility: the "handling" of books suggested by religious texts.
Full Description
Professor Farina specializes in British and continental medieval literature, medieval religion, and histories of gender and sexuality. Her current research focuses on medieval ideas about sensation, particularly the sense of touch.

She is the author of Erotic Discourse and Early English Religious Wrtiing (Palgrave 2006) and has published articles abut eroticized reading practices, medieval women's devotional literture, and queer approaches to the history of sexuality.

Her recent publications include:

"The Intimate Senses: Taste, Touch, and Smell" (co-edited with Holly Dugan), Postmedieval (Winter 2012)

"Headless and Loving It: Wondrous Skin and Tactile Affection." forthcoming in Reading Medieval Skin, ed. Katie Walter (Palgrave 2013).

"Once More with Feeling: Tactility and Cognitive Alterity, Medieval and Modern." Postmedieval (Fall 2012).

"Missing Something?: Queer Desire." in Clinical Encounters: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory, ed. Noreen Giffney and Eve Watson (Routledge, 2012).

"Women and Reading." in History of British Women's Writing, Vol. 1 (1350-1500). (Palgrave, 2011).

"Queer History and Erotic Reading." The Lesbian Premodern, ed. Noreen Giffney, Michelle Sauer, and Diane Watt (Palgrave, 2011).
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