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Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Fisher-Bennett Hall Faculty Lounge, room 135


This job talk will be pitched for a mixed crowd of English faculty and undergraduate English majors. 

Before it became an imperial nation, medieval England held a peripheral position on the global stage. Romance literature offered medieval English authors and audiences a space in which to imagine the world beyond England, and grapple with how it fit into that world. This job talk will examine how the fourteenth-century travel romance The Book of John Mandeville (c. 1356) constructs a narrative geography inflected by racial epistemologies. In doing so, Mandeville propels England, from the margins, into a position of dominance over a diverse world constituted by religious, linguistic, physiognomic, and cultural differences.