Published: February 10, 2020

In an event co-sponsored by the Department of English and Writing and the Honors Program, The University of Tampa will welcome guest speaker Julie Orlemanski on Friday, Feb. 28, as part of the spring scholar symposium. The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in the Crescent Club on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center.


Julie Orlemanski is an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago and the author of Symptomatic Subjects: Bodies, Medicine, and Causality in the Literature of Late Medieval England.

Orlemanski is an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago and the author of Symptomatic Subjects: Bodies, Medicine, and Causality in the Literature of Late Medieval England. She is currently working on a new book on the status of fiction and fictional characters in the Middle Ages.

The lecture, titled “Symptoms, Sickness and Medicine in Medieval England,” will center around how medieval men and women understood the human body, prior to modern medicine. Orlemanski will explore the conflicting claims of the natural world, divine power and human agency as these shaped the interpretation of bodies in the later Middle Ages. The speaker particularly considers how medieval thinkers responded to the plague, leprosy and changes in the accessibility of medical knowledge.  

This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, please contact Sarah Juliet Lauro, assistant professor of English, at slauro@ut.edu or (813) 257-3322.




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