Medieval Colloquium: Seeta Chaganti

Event time: 
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 4:00pm
Location: 
LC 319 See map
Event description: 

Seeta Chaganti joined the faculty of the UC Davis English department in 2001. She specializes in Old and Middle English poetry and its intersections with material culture. Her first book was The Medieval Poetics of the Reliquary (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). Her new book, Strange Footing, argues that to medieval audiences, poetic form was a multimedia experience shaped by encounters with dance. In this work, she proposes a new method of reenacting medieval dance that draws upon experiences of watching contemporary dance. She has begun a third book in collaboration with Dr. Gabrielle Nevitt (Dept. of Neurobiology, UC Davis) entitled Chicken Lyric: Poetry and the Avian Sense World. Written for a general audience, this book will show how a long history of familiar Anglophone poetry – including works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Frost, Williams, Bishop, and Kay Ryan – reflects in its form and content the chicken’s deep influence on human perceptions of sensory environments.