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Keeping Medieval Literature Up to Date
Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House
CHESTERTOWN, MD—As part of the Sophie Kerr Lecture Series, the Rose O’Neill Literary House will host “An Evening with Jonathan Hsy” on Thursday, February 26 at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The thoroughly modern Hsy, an associate professor of English at George Washington University, focuses his research on the literature and culture of the late medieval period (1300-1500). He is the author of Trading Tongues: Merchants, Multilingualism, and Medieval Literature, published in 2013, and is now at work on Disability and Life Writing: Authorship as Advocacy, Then and Now, which explores writing by medieval authors who self-identify as blind or deaf and relates their works to today’s activist-oriented disability theory.
Hsy is founding co-director of the GW Digital Humanities Institute and maintains a cheeky and informative online presence as a blogger for “In the Middle,” a website for medieval scholars and enthusiasts. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Online Medieval Disability Glossary and is a collaborator on Global Chaucers, an online archive that catalogues and analyzes non-English adaptions and translations of The Canterbury Tales. He tweets at @JonathanHsy.
A book sale and signing will follow Hsy’s talk. For more information on this and other upcoming literary events, visit https://www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse/.
– Catalina Righter ’17