Leader: Charles Calhoun
Dates: Thursdays, September 10 – October 8, 11:30-1:30
Book: Letters of Heloise and Abelard, in the Penguin Classics edition, translated by Betty Radice.
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Heloise, a French nun, writer, scholar, and abbess, is accorded an important place in French literary history and in the development of feminist representation. While few of her letters survive, those that do have been considered a foundational “monument” of French literature from the late thirteenth century onwards. She was a scholar of Latin, Greek and Hebrew, already renowned for her knowledge of these languages when she arrived in Paris as a young woman, and had a reputation for intelligence and insight. Abelard, a philosopher and scholar, became her tutor and the two had a torrid love affair, after which they were separated; Heloise became a nun and Abelard a monk. They began a correspondence “both passionate and erudite.” (Blurb borrowed from Wikipedia)