“Madness in the Middle Ages – Epiphany or Mental Illness?”

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“Madness in the Middle Ages – Epiphany or Mental Illness?” Alternative Perspectives on Insanity from a Medieval Point of View

Presented by Albrecht Classen
Distinguished Professor of German, University of Arizona

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About the Program
Even though mental disability was fully recognized also in the Middle Ages as a severe medical problem, the shades of meaning of insanity varied vastly, including mystical visions, revelations, plain mental derangement, or prophecy. This talk will introduce us to some of the most fascinating aspects of premodern culture, forcing us, in many ways, to reflect on what mental illness really could have meant and what we are to make out of it today, in a world so strongly dominated by rationality. The talk will not advocate irrationality as the guiding principle, but will uncover different approaches and interpretations of often hard to understand manifestations of a different mind.

About Albrecht Classen
Dr. Albrecht Classen is University Distinguished Professor and Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of German Studies at the University of Arizona. Dr. Albrecht Classen was born near Bad Hersfeld in Northern Hesse, Germany. He studied at the universities of Marburg, Erlangen (Germany), Millersville, PA (USA), Oxford (Great Britain), Salamanca (Spain), Urbino (Italy), and Charlottesville, VA (USA). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1986. He has a broad range of research interests covering the history of medieval and early modern German and European literature and culture from about 800 to 1800. He has published more than 70 scholarly books, critical editions, translations, and textbooks, and 6 poetry volumes of his own (Nov. 2012). He is the editor of Mediaevistik and Humanities-Open Access Journal.

Part of the ACMRS Scholar Series

Lattie F. Coor Hall, Room 4403, ASU Tempe Campus