Department Lecture Series: Carissa Harris

Event time: 
Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 5:00pm
Event description: 

The Department Lecture Series and the Initiative on Literature and Racial Justice present Carissa Harris on April 1, 2021 at 5pm. Her talk is titled:

“The Rhetoric of Rage: Challenging Injustice in Medieval Lyrics and Black Women’s Protest Movements” 

Carissa M. Harris’s research and teaching focus on gender and sexuality in medieval England and Scotland. She earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2016, she won Temple’s CLA Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study.

Dr. Harris’s first book, Obscene Pedagogies: Transgressive Talk and Sexual Education in Late Medieval Britain (Cornell University Press, 2018), analyzes sexual education, consent, and rape culture from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to the Access Hollywood tape. Obscene Pedagogies won the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship’s 2020 biennial prize for Best First Book of Medieval Feminist Scholarship. She is currently writing a second book, titled The Poetics of Rage: Women’s Anger, Misogyny, and Political Power in Premodern Britain. She is an editor for the journal Exemplaria: Medieval, Early Modern, Theory as well as an editorial board member for Medieval Institute Publications’ Premodern Transgressive Literatures series, and she serves on the Executive Committee for the MLA Chaucer Forum.