DACE October Community Lecture

The next in the series of free community lectures organised by the Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE) at Swansea University takes place later this month.

Speaker: Dr Liz Herbert McAvoy

Lecture title: I am a filthy stud-mare, a stinking whore: Authority, monstrosity and the sacred in the writings of the medieval woman recluse

Date:  Thursday 17 October

Time: 6 pm-7.45 pm

Venue: The Discovery Room, Swansea Central Library, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea

Admission: Admission is free, but seating is limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Lecture summary: Authorship was often impossible for a medieval woman although a withdrawal into the solitary life sometimes allowed her both to challenge popular notions of her body as ‘monstrous’ and to become a writer.

Dr Liz Herbert McAvoy is a Reader in Medieval Literature and Gender Studies in the Department of English Language and Literature at Swansea University. Her main research interests are in medieval women's writing from 700-1500, and in medieval anchoritism (religious solitary reclusion), a vocation very popular amongst women in Europe from the twelfth century onwards.

She has published widely in both areas of interest, including The History of British Women's Writing, vol. 1 700-1500, co-edited with Diane Watt (2012); and Medieval Anchoritisms: Gender, Space and the Solitary Life (2011).

She is currently working on two texts by medieval women: A Revelation of Purgatory, written by an anonymous female anchorite in Winchester in 1422; and The Booke of Gostlye Grace, a fifteenth-century translation of a thirteenth-century Latin text written by the visionary nun, Mechtild of Hackeborn, in the monastery of Helfta in what is now Germany.

Contact: For further information please call 01792 602211 or email: adult.education@swansea.ac.uk or visit www.swansea.ac.uk/dace.