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Gardens of Delight: The Pleasures of the Middle Ages
New York, October 1999

Gardens of Delight:
The Pleasures of the Middle Ages
Saturday, October 23, 1999
Philosophy Hall, Columbia University

Keynote Address: Professor Louise Fradenburg, UC Santa Barbara
This conference will examine the topic of pleasure from a variety of
angles.  How did medieval people represent pleasure and theorize its uses
and abuses?  How do modern critical discourses of pleasure condition our
responses to medieval texts and images?  We will scrutinize the
categories, terms, and purposes of pleasure in the Middle Ages, and we
invite papers on material pleasures of all kinds and on vocabularies of
secular love, mystical rapture, and other forms of enjoyment.  We are
equally interested in papers on how modern paradigms of pleasure inform
our views of the period. 
We welcome papers from all disciplines.  Suggested topics include:
Gaming and Hunting
Friendship and love
Class, gender, and pleasure
Forbidden pleasures
May revels and popular pastimes	
Meadhalls, inns, gardens, and places of pleasure
Mumming, music, dance, and drama
Virtues and vices
Pleasure and mysticism
Utopian and Edenic fantasies
Eloquence and Decorum
Jokes, Riddles, and word games
Beauty: art, architecture, and literature
Modern theories, medieval texts
Graduate students and recent recipients of the Ph.D. in Art History and
Architecture, Archaeology, History, Music, Philosophy, Religion, and all
literature departments are invited to submit a 250-word abstract and
cover letter indicating any audio-visual requirements by June 30, 1999:
Medieval Guild
Dept. of English and Comparative Literature
602 Philosophy Hall-MC 4927 
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027-4927

For further information, please contact :
Mary Agnes Edsall
+1-(212) 666-5394	
Lisa H. Cooper
+1-(212) 280-6451

Heather Blurton
+1-(212) 316-6507