The Contemplation of God in Medieval Literature

The Contemplation of God in Medieval Literature

Lecture by Michel Zink

Given at the Lumen Christi Institute, University of Chicago on March 5, 2009

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Is there a link between seeking God and reading and writing literature? Is literature a help or an obstacle in seeking God?

Michel Zink is Chair of Medieval Literature at the Collège de France. One of the preeminent medievalists of his generation, he has authored groundbreaking books on topics ranging from literary subjectivity in the medieval period to a study of our changing historiographical approaches to medieval literature and culture. He is the author of La Subjectivité littéraire autour du siècle de saint Louis (1985, trans. 1999), Le Moyen Âge et ses chansons ou un passé en trompe-l’oeil (1996, trans. 1998), and Poésie et conversion au Moyen Âge (2004).


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