Join Agnes Scott College English professors Charlotte Artese and Robert Meyer-Lee, two preeminent literary scholars, in conversation as they grapple with the legacies and futures of reading two of the most well-known writers in the Western literary tradition: Shakespeare and Chaucer. Together, they will discuss canonicity, research, interdisciplinarity, and tradition, and their approaches continued engagement with these important authors. Charis is proud to be the bookseller for this event. Register here.
About the Professors:
Robert J. Meyer-Lee is Professor of English at Agnes Scott College. He is author of the books Literary Value and Social Identity in the Canterbury Tales (2019) and Poets and Power from Chaucer to Wyatt (2007), editor (with Catherine Sanok) of The Medieval Literary: Beyond Form (2018), a former editor of the journal JEGP, and author of articles on Chaucer, fifteenth-century poetry, and literary value published in journals such as Speculum, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, New Literary History, The Chaucer Review, JEGP, and Exemplaria, as well as in collections. He teaches courses that together consider literary works from Gilgamesh to Binti and authors from Chaucer to Tsitsi Dangarembga.
Charlotte Artese, Professor of English at Agnes Scott College, is the author of Shakespeare's Folktale Sources (2015) and Shakespeare and the Folktale: An Anthology of Stories (2019). She has also published on Thomas More's Utopia and Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, and is a past winner of the Shakespeare Association of America's annual paper contest. Her work has been featured in the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast and the webseries Shakespeare & Beyond.
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