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Works-in-Progress Happy Hour
Kersti Francis, Graduate Student, Department of English, UCLA
“Magic and Gender in the Medieval Romances Partenopeu de Blois (Old French) / Partenope of Blois (Middle English)”
CMRS is hosting twice-monthly Works-in-Progress Happy Hours to promote intellectual exchange and collegiality while most of us are continuing to work and learn remotely. The Happy Hours are open to UCLA faculty and graduate students and consist of a short informal presentation followed by open discussion.
Kersti Francis is a PhD candidate in English at UCLA. She works on the intersections between magic, gender, and sexuality in the Middle Ages and early English Renaissance (1100-1600). Her dissertation project, Queer Magic: Sodomy, Sin and The Supernatural in the Later Middle Ages, looks at medieval understandings of “naturalness” to reveal that for writers and thinkers of the time, magic served as a framework through which they could imagine otherwise-condemned versions of gender and sexual acts. She has also worked extensively on medieval histories of science, focusing on the role of alchemy in the Latin Christian West and the Dar al-Islam; on depictions of Mary Magdalene in medieval and Victorian understandings of prostitution; and on the figure of the meykongr (maiden-king) in the Old Norse saga tradition.
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