Avalon Foundation Professor in Humanities and
Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Professor Lerer will lead an exploration of Chaucer works examining them from aesthetic and political perspectives. He will probe the relationships among formalism and
historicism, aesthetic judgment and political response, in the study of early English literature. Lerer will also consider how we should read and teach Chaucer today. Who is the Chaucer for the early twenty-first century?
ELIGIBILITY: The Summer Institutes in Literary Studies are open to scholars who received a Ph.D. within the last ten years and who teach in departments of literature or
other relevant disciplines at colleges or universities in the United States.
STIPENDS & EXPENSES: Participation in an institute carries a stipend of $1,500. The National Humanities Center will cover the cost of travel, lodging, meals, and texts.
FORMAT: Each institute will combine extensive seminar discussion with small group work and individual consultation with the seminar leader.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Participants will have individual apartments in a residence hotel within ten minutes of the Center. The Center will provide bus service to and from the hotel.
This program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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