An Ambiguous Presence: Giants in Medieval Romance


Location: Hesburgh Library, Carey Auditorium

Sylvia Huot, professor of medieval French literature, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

This is the first in the three-part Conway Lecture Series titled Giants in Medieval Romance Literature by Sylvia Huot.

In 2002, the Medieval Institute inaugurated a lecture series in honor of Robert M. Conway, a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame, trustee of the University, and long-time friend and supporter of the Medieval Institute. The annual Conway Lectures brings senior scholars of international distinction to Notre Dame each fall to speak on topics across a variety of disciplines. The lectures are then published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Huot’s second Conway Lecture, Rival Narratives: Giants in the Prose Tristan, will take place on September 18. The final lecture in the series is Rewriting the Arthurian World: Galehot, Son of the Beautiful Giantess, which will take place on Thursday, September 20. Both will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Hesburgh Library’s Carey Auditorium.

Future Conway Lectures will be delivered by Ann D. Hedeman in 2013 and Alice-Mary Talbot in 2014.

Past speakers have included Fr. Ulrich Horst (2002), Paul Strohm (2003), Rosamond McKitterick (2004), Calvin Bower (2005), Beat Brenk (2006), A.C. Spearing (2007), Jonathan Riley-Smith (2008), John Marenbon (2009), Roberta Frank (2010), and Barbara Newman (2011).

Sponsored by the Medieval Institute.