Clare Lees, professor of English at King’s College, London, will headline the 14th annual West Virginia University Department of English Summer Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies titled, �€?Things to do with Old Poems,�€? June 1-4.


Lees’free public lecture, �€?Making Sense of Old English Poetry,�€? is scheduled Thursday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Betty Boyd Lounge, E-Moore Hall on the downtown campus. A reception will follow.


Scholars from universities and colleges across the country will gather on WVU ’s campus for the seminar. Over four days, they will study contemporary Anglo-Saxon studies and�€more broadly�€its relation to modern and postmodern discourses as well as poetries.


Lees has published widely on Anglo-Saxon literature, gender and culture. She is the author of �€?Tradition and Belief: Religious Writing in Late Anglo-Saxon England�€? (1999) and co-author with Gillian R. Overing of �€?Double Agents: Women and Clerical Culture in Anglo-Saxon England�€? (2001). She is the editor of �€?Medieval Masculinities: Regarding Men in the Middle Ages�€? (1994) and co-editor with Thelma S. Fenster of �€?Gender in Debate from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance�€? (2002). With Gillian Overing, she has also co-edited �€?Gender and Empire in the Early Medieval World�€? for the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (2004) and �€? A Place to Believe in: Locating Medieval Landscapes�€? (2006).

For more information on the seminar and public talk, call 304-293-3107, ext. 33404.