Oxford scholar to discuss literary possibilities of “compilation,” focusing on Julian of Norwich

DuttonElisabeth Dutton of the University of Oxford will lecture on the literary possibilities of “compilation,” using Julian of Norwich as an example, at Yale Divinity School on Nov. 12, 5:00 pm, in Niebuhr Hall.  Dutton’s research interests are in Medieval and early-Tudor drama; Medieval mystical and devotional literature; Medieval manuscripts and compilation.  Among her recent books are Julian of Norwich: the Influence of Late-Medieval Devotional Compilations and Julian of Norwich’s Revelation of Love.  She is a fellow of Worcester College, Oxford

The title of Dutton’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, is “Compiling Julian: The Revelation of Love and Medieval Compilation.”

“Late medieval readers and writers participated in a 'culture of compilation', in which texts were repeatedly cut and pasted, rearranged, repackaged,” Dutton says.  “Recent scholarship has emphasized compilation as a self-protective measure for the author in an age of censorship, particularly post Arundel's Constitutions.  This talk, however, will consider the creative, literary possibilities of compilation.  It will introduce a number of engaging compilations, and relate their form to that most intriguing and subtle text, Julian of Norwich's Revelation of Love.

Dutton's research into medieval and Tudor drama is informed by her engagement with it; she has staged and directed numerous plays.  She founded Thynke Byggly, a group that draws actors from within Oxford and also from outside, and that stages rarely-performed pieces, sometimes for general audiences and sometimes for academic conferences