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CANCELLED ‘At the still point of the turning world’: Time and Place in the Medieval Dream

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  • UserDr Lotte Reinbold (Bye-Fellow and Director of Studies in English, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge)
  • ClockTuesday 09 October 2018, 17:45-19:15
  • HouseGatsby Room, Wolfson College.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Rachel E. Holmes.

In the Confessions, Augustine exclaims ‘‘So what is time? If no one is asking me a question about it, I know what it is; but if I want to explain it to the questioner, I do not know how to.’ Using Augustine’s inability to define exactly what time is as my starting point, in this lecture I’ll try to think about some of the ways that we might try to explain time, with particular reference to its workings in the genre of medieval dream poetry. I’ll look at two poems in particular, ‘Pearl’, a heavenly vision experienced by a bereaved father, and ‘The Parliament of Fowls’, a dazzling vision of love, marriage, and squabbling wildfowl, in order to think both about how these poems manage their own complex internal chronology, and how they can speak to us today.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Humanities Society talks series.

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