Physical and visual descriptions are important elements of characterization in medieval literature. In this talk, CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Dr. Clodagh Downey (School of Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway) considers the language and function of human beauty, and its opposite, in the context of early Irish narrative literature, and what this can tell us about literary conventions, social ideals and aesthetic ideas of the time.
Advance registration not required. No fee. Limited seating.
Funding for the CMRS Roundtable series is provided by the Armand Hammer Endowment for the UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Co-sponsorship for the CMRS Disitinguished Visiting Scholar by the UCLA Department of English.