Boston/Cambridge and the Making of American Gothic

janzJan Ziolkowski, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin and director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection at Harvard University, will present “Boston/Cambridge and the Making of American Gothic” on Mar. 26 at  5:30 p.m. in Stokes Hall South, Auditorium S195. This lecture will discuss the great vogue for all things medieval in the Boston-Cambridge area in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Among the topics discussed will be historian and intellectual Henry Adams and his influential book, Mont Saint Michel and Chartres, as well as architect Ralph Adams Cram and the Gothic Revival he created in architecture, especially the Collegiate Gothic style. The lecture will be extensively illustrated, both visually and textually. Ziolkowski has written some 60 book reviews and 100 articles. His books include Jezebel: A Norman Latin Poem of the Early Eleventh CenturyAlan of Lille’s Grammar of Sex: The Meaning of Grammar to a Twelfth-Century Intellectual, Talking Animals: Medieval Latin Beast Poetry, 750-1150 and On Philology, among others. Sponsor: The Heinz Bluhm Memorial Lecture Series.

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