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Featured Event

The Northrop Frye Centre is pleased to invite you to the first talk in our 2022-23 NFC Doctoral Fellow Lecture Series,
 "Performing Dialogue in Courtly Poetry from Medieval England and Waleswith NFC Doctoral Fellow Morgan Elizabeth Moore (Medieval Studies) on Tuesday, October 25, at 4:30pm in VC102, Old Victoria College Building, 91 Charles st. West.

Upcoming Events

We look forward to going back to in-person events with the hopes of finding ways to integrate the benefits of virtual events. Check back in for more information about this year's annual Northrop Frye Centre Lecture with Julie Beth Napolin (The New School) and much more! 

NFC Doctoral Fellow Lecture - Morgan Moore - Oct. 25, 2022

Performing Dialogue in Courtly Poetry from Medieval England and Wales

      4:30pm, Oct. 25, 2022
      VC102, Old Victoria College Building, 91 Charles st. West 


About the talk

In my dissertation, I approach medieval vernacular literary performance at multiple intersections—in the liminal spaces between drama and poetry, between Wales and England, between written page and live entertainment. This talk will draw from my current work on courtly forms of conversation depicted in certain medieval romances. ‘Courtly’ behavior in Middle Welsh and Middle English literature relies on skillful conversation, even as court poetry relies on moments of dialogue to elucidate character, heighten narrative tension, and advance plot. At the same time, literary dialogue is operative in a performance context, as audiences heard such works performed or read aloud. Inspired in part by Thomas Reed’s willingness to read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as part of the medieval debate tradition, I argue that texts which feature central moments of dialogue belong to a broader, cross-genre category of literary performance which also includes the plays and dialogue poems I consider elsewhere in my dissertation. In these works, conversation becomes an opportunity and mechanism for the development of shared and reciprocal engagement, entertainment, and intimacy.

About the speaker

Morgan Moore (she/her/hers) is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies. She holds an MA in Medieval Welsh Literature from Aberystwyth University and a BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Wellesley College. Her current project deals with ideas of dialogue, performance, and communal entertainment in medieval verse and drama, especially as presented in manuscripts from medieval England and Wales. She is currently a Research Assistant for the Records of Early English Drama ( and the Old Books New Science lab (, and she has previously served as the Chair of the Centre for Medieval Studies' Student Executive Committee.
NFC Doctoral Fellow Lecture - Eriks Bredovskis - Nov. 24, 2022

NFC Doctoral Fellow Lecture 

      4:00pm, Nov. 24, 2022
      VC102, Old Victoria College Building, 91 Charles st. West 
About the speaker...

Eriks Bredovskis (he/him) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. He is affiliated with the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies. His dissertation examines Germans moving across British, American, Russian, and Japanese imperial boundaries in the Northern Pacific Ocean between 1880 and 1920. His research interests also include investigating questions of family history, memory, and home. He is also interested in creative and digital pedagogy. Eriks has published in the German Studies Review, and most recently in an edited volume that examines the connected histories of Germany’s and the United States’ colonial empires.
NFC Annual Lecture - Julie Beth Napolin - Mar. 16, 2023

"Unrecordable Sound" 

      4:00pm, Mar. 16, 2023
      Alumni Hall, Old Victoria College Building, 91 Charles st. West
About the speaker...

Julie Beth Napolin is a scholar, musician, and radio producer. She is the co-President of the William Faulkner Society, a member of the editorial board of Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and a member of the MLA Sound Forum executive committee.

She works across sound, modernism, memory studies, digital humanities, film and media, race, gender and sexuality, narrative and novel theory, and psychoanalysis. She is particularly interested in the history of sound reproduction and its intersections with the history of the novel, art, and film and media, asking what practices of technological listening can tell us about the politics of memory and form. Her essays on sound in the work of Joseph Conrad have been awarded the Bruce Harkness Prize (2013) and the J.H. Stape Conradiana Prize (2020). She completed a PhD in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley with Ramona Naddaff, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Judith Butler, and Carolyn Porter.

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