Global Humanities Distinguished Lecture with Josiah Blackmore
A Portuguese History of Water: The Maritime Imagination in Medieval and Early Modern Literature
This talk explores the sea as a principle of literary creation in medieval and early modern Portugal. It askes how the ocean and seafaring shape poetic and historiographic thought, and how the decades of maritime expansion (especially in the sixteenth century) create a collective, literary subjectivity based on the sea. In effect, the talk ponders the relationship between maritime experience and literary culture, and discovers affinities between textual genres and imaginative and scientific writings. The chronological range covered in the talk spans the thirteenth to the late sixteenth centuries.
Workshop for graduate and postgraduate students directed by the guest speaker
The day after the lecture, a workshop directed by the guest speaker will take place in which graduate and postgraduate students may participate after signing up.
Dahlem Humanities Center Lectures