Ohio Wesleyan University’s Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program will host celebrated medieval scholar Steven F. Kruger on Thursday, February 21, in historic Delaware, Ohio, to discuss “Institutional Time and the Time of Conversion.”
The free event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Bayley Room of Ohio Wesleyan’s Beeghly Library. It is sponsored by the university’s Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program; Department of English; and Department of History.
Kruger received his doctorate from Stanford University and is a professor of English at Queens College and a professor of Medieval Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY). He has lectured on medieval literatures and religions across the United States and Europe and has published several books and academic articles on subjects such as perceptions of gender in the Middle Ages and dream inheritance.
His Ohio Wesleyan presentation will consider how various temporalities intersect in the writing of Paul of Burgos, a Castilian Jew (and rabbi) who converted to Christianity in either 1390 or 1391. Paul’s last work, written just before he died in 1435, the Scrutinium Scripturarum, stages a debate between “Saul” and “Paul” about the truth of Christianity and the errors of Judaism.
What’s intriguing though, Kruger says, is the way “Paul treats the recent history of Spain (and particularly the history of the monarchs’ relationships to Jewish communities) as a kind of reflex of his own life/autobiography.”
Ohio Wesleyan’s Beeghly Library is located at 43 Rowland Avenue in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio.