It is commonly acknowledged that after Saint Thomas Aquinas astrology was extremely comfortable in the field of medicine and meteorology. Chaucer scholars are also familiar with his use of astrological concepts and vocabulary within literature, not just in mathematical contexts like his Treatise on the Astrolabe but also in more everyday contexts. The Wife of Bath famously attributes her amorous temperament and forthright style to the joint influence of Venus and Mars. But did many other writers of vernacular literature make astrological allusions? Did they require a highly educated readership/audience? Or was the use of astrology in medieval literature more widespread than is generally assumed? This session invites papers on the uses and expressions of astrology in medieval fiction and poetry, and on the broader context in which such writings were composed and read.
Organisers: Elizabeth Archibald (Durham University) Evelyn Birge Vitz (New York University) Darrelyn Gunzburg (University of Bristol)
Please send paper proposals to Darrelyn Gunzburg, University of Bristol (Darrelyn.Gunzburg@bristol.ac.uk) by September 15, 2014, consisting of the following:
1. Abstract of proposed paper (300 words maximum).
2. Completed Participant Information Form available at: (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#Paper).
3. CV with home and office mailing addresses, e-mail address, and phone number.
Dr Darrelyn Gunzburg
Department of History of Art (Historical Studies)
School of Humanities
University of Bristol
9 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB Email: email@example.com
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