Posted - November 1, 2011
14th-Century Manuscript Image Topic of Eureka College Faculty Colloquium
december 7 - 3:15 pm
Eureka College assistant professor of English Jessica Barr will present “The Wounded Text: Word and Image in a Fourteenth-Century Codex” at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Gammon Room in Melick Library at Eureka College. The free, public presentation is part of the Faculty Colloquium Series.
The presentation will explore the meaning of a curious image Barr discovered while doing research at the Bibliothèque Royale in Brussels in summer 2010. While examining a manuscript about the lives of 14th-century holy women, Barr discovered the image of a wound surrounded by the words to a prayer. The presentation will explore the significance of the image and its relationship to the rest of the volume, considering what it suggests about the relationship between text and body in the Middle Ages.
The presentation is the third of five colloquiums by Eureka College faculty members this academic year. Others will be -
“Putting War Widows in Their Place? Mass Death, Mourning, and Memory” by assistant professor of history Erika Quinn on Feb. 1.
“A Preliminary Analysis of the Dynamics of an Appalachian Church Community” by English professor Kathy Whitson on April 25.
All of the presentations will be at 3:15 p.m. in the Gammon Room. For more information, contact colloquiums coordinator Scott Hemmenway at
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