The Department of English and Comparative Literature presents:
"Reading the World in Deep Time"
Thursday, January 31, 12-1:30pm
IRWGS Seminar, 754 Schermerhorn Extension
Geraldine Heng is Perceval Fellow and Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas-Austin, with a joint appointment in Middle Eastern Studies and Women’s Studies. She is the author of Empire of Magic: Medieval Romance and the Politics of Cultural Fantasy (Columbia UP, 2003), The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages (Cambridge UP, 2018), and England and the Jews: How Religion and Violence Created the First Racial State in the West (Cambridge UP, 2019) .
Heng is currently researching and writing a fourth book, Early Globalities: The Interconnected World, 500-1500 CE, with chapters on ships, stories, and slaves, supported by an ACLS fellowship in 2017-18 and an ISAS (Singapore) fellowship in 2018-19. She is also editing an MLA Options for Teaching volume on The Global Middle Ages, with 24 essays and 32 contributors, half of whom are medievalists of color and international scholars. Her articles have appeared in PMLA, MLN, differences, Literature Compass, Genders, the Yale Journal of Criticism, and Exemplaria, among other journals.