Ruth Evans, “Pneumopoesis: Breathing and Literary Form in the Middle Ages”

Guest Speaker
March 31, 2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Gerber Lounge, 304 EPB

Sponsored by the Department of English and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, "Pneumopoesis” is a presentation by Dorothy McBride Orthwein Chair of English at Saint Louis University, Ruth Evans. This presentation concerns the relationship between breathing (respiration) and literary form, and takes its cue from Freud’s discussion of the anxiety that attends our birth and first breath, and the inventive and imaginative ways in which we cope with that anxiety. Evans offers a fascinating historical look at breath and breathing as they were understood during the Middle Ages, particularly in relation to literature. 3:30 – 5:00 pm Gerber Lounge, EPB, March 31.