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Angela Moots
Lovers' Swoons in Twelfth-Century Old French Literature

Sias Graduate Fellow Lecture: Angela Moots
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Tue., Nov. 18, 2014, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lunch provided. RSVP by November 10 to hallcenter@ku.edu
Location: Hall Center

In Old French literature of the High Middle Ages, syncope excites interest because of the spectacle that it creates and the way it enriches narration. Incidents of fainting create pauses in the text that highlight certain characteristics and ideologies, externalize emotions and sufferings, and dramatize illnesses. In the twelfth-century romans dantiquit and the Lais of Marie de France, lovers swoons and emotional faints abound as men and women suffer from lovesickness. Instances unveil hidden love, show true devotion, and reveal how characters handle their emotions. Moreover, the symptoms and treatment of lovesickness coincide with the contemporary medical treatises, and illustrate the unique relationship between medieval medicine and imaginative literature.

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