Workshops and Talks
All events take place in Barnard Hall, room 405, at 6.10pm.
Thursday, 2/7. SPEAKER SERIES. Talk by Dr. Thomas O’Donnell (Fordham University)
Thursday, 2/21. Workshop: Ruen-chuan Ma’s dissertation chapter
Tuesday, 3/12. SPEAKER SERIES. Talk by Professor Elizabeth Tyler (University of York)
Thursday, 3/14. Workshop: Aled Robert’s MA thesis
Thursday, 3/28. Workshop: Eugene Petracca’s MA thesis
Thursday, 4/11. Workshop. Emma Bérat’s Mock Oral
Wednesday, 4/17. Discussion with Professors Mark Ormrod and Helen Fulton (University of York)
Thursday, 5/2. Planning meeting for 2013-2014
2012-13 Speakers Series
February 7 at 6pm in Barnard 405: Dr. Thomas O’Donnell, Fordham University.
The Form of Anglo-Norman Monastic Community in Orderic Vitalis
The rhetorical diversity and untidy narrative of Orderic Vitalis’ sprawling Ecclesiastical History are well known. Combined with Orderic’s eagerness to frame parts of his work with details of his own biography, the hodgepodge of the Ecclesiastical History has led scholars to view the work as an expression of Orderic’s own complex personal and national identity. In this paper I will explore Orderic’s developing aesthetics instead as part of late eleventh- and early twelfth-century practices for overcoming discordant discourses of identity within monastic communities. My conclusion will consider how the dynamic, multivocal form of the Ecclesiastical History expresses a creative view of history-writing and impinges on the lived experience of communal life at Saint-Evroul.