Past Event

Patricia Dailey: Anglo-Saxon Riddles and the Craft of Unlearning

June 20, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Columbia Global Centers | Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, 75006

How do medieval riddles “educate” a reader or listener by undermining knowledge? This talk looks at the often bawdy and humorous 10th century Exeter book riddles to show how instilling wonder becomes a means of orienting the body’s relation to the soul.

Patricia Dailey is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She specializes in medieval literature and critical theory, focusing on women's mystical texts, and  Anglo-Saxon poetry and prose. Her book Promised Bodies: Time, Language, and Corporeality in Medieval Women's Mystical Texts (Columbia University Press, 2013) examines the relation between gender, temporality, the body, and language in medieval mystical texts, with a focus on the thirteenth century mystic Hadewijch. Her next book project,  Responsive Subjects:  Affect and Anglo-Saxon Literature, focuses on Anglo-Saxon literature and the use of affect in medieval pedagogy.