PERLEGO: Methods of Research in Literature and the Visual Arts

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An afternoon of four short talks followed by an extended roundtable discussion on the issues and questions that arise for scholars working at the interface of literature and the visual arts, with a focus on the medieval through early modern periods.


The crossing of text and image has long been a site of scholarly fascination. From writings which explore the textuality of images (like the literary genre of ekphrasis) to the use of images in the metaphorical as well pictographic illumination of texts, the similarities and differences between these two mediums present a rich site for contemplation and creation.

This event aims to explore new approaches to the interweaving of textual and image analysis, eschewing a wholesale deferral to the rhetoric of Art History, as well as the common drive to gloss the visual and material nature of images in order to ‘read’ them as texts.



To encourage interdisciplinary discussion we welcome interest from researchers across the humanities whose work focuses on any element of the interconnections between literature and the visual arts. We are particularly keen to hear from those whose research interests lie in the long middle ages/early modern period.


If you are interested in attending the roundtable please send an email to and with a CV and a brief description of your research interests and how they connect to the topic of discussion.

This event is generously supported by Oxford Medieval Studies and the MT Scholarship Trust at Somerville College.


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