Medieval Colloquium, Tuesday March 9, 4:00 p.m.
Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski is a professor of French and Italian at the University of Pittsburgh. As a specialist in medieval French literature she has varied research interests: she studied the history of Caesarean birth for her book Not of Woman Born (1990); she has worked on saints lives and particularly on holy women in the later middle ages. She is currently interested in the literature surrounding the Great Schism of the Western Church (1378 - 1417). Other major areas of interest are the role the classical heritage plays in medieval culture, a topic she investigated in Reading Myth (1997), and Christine de Pizan (1364-1431), the first professional woman writer in Europe.