Mary Dockray-Miller ’86, “Afrisc Meowle: Layers of interpretation in the Old English Exodus”LocationMain Building, Jade Parlor
Mary Dockray-Miller, professor of English at Lesley College in Massachusetts and VC ’86 English major, will present an analysis of the enigmatic African woman who appears at the end of the Old English Exodus, at the point when the Israelites have crossed the Red Sea and the Egyptian army has been destroyed in the same waters. This early medieval English symbolism has long been debated. This analysis will then also engage with the burgeoning discussions and inquiries around a multicultural Middle Ages. Dockray-Miller’s latest book, Public Medievalists, Racism, and Suffrage in the American Women’s College, was published by Palgrave in 2017.