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PANDEMIC FRENCH POETRY: RECOVERING IN THE 14TH AND 21ST CENTURY

2:00pm-4:00pm on Saturday 2 April

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Sidwick site Lady , Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Site, north of Sidgwick Avenue University of Cambridge, CB3 9DD

How can we learn from the past about recovery? In this discussion, Prof Stefan Marciniak, Professor of Respiratory Science, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, and Dr Miranda Griffin, French Section, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, discuss lessons from the recent past and the Middle Ages.

Lockdowns and plagues are nothing new. In the fourteenth century Europe, death and suffering from bubonic plague drove people to confinement at home, waiting for the epidemic to pass. COVID-19 has done the same on a global scale in modern times. The fourteenth-century poet, Guillaume de Machaut, wrote about the joy of leaving lockdown to enjoy company and entertainment.

I went to a window
And asked what this might be,
And at once one of my friends
Who had heard me answered
That those who remained were acting
Just as if all of them were getting married,
Feasting, and celebrating weddings.
For the deadly plague of the buboes
That was called an epidemic
Had completely ceased everywhere;
And people were no longer dying.

But as he re-enters the world in this poem, Machaut describes how he is confronted by characters from his previous works, and is challenged to rethink his work. In 2022, many of us are reassessing our priorities, work, or lifestyles. Miranda and Stefan will discuss the longer-term, more complex work to be done, in healthcare, in medicine, in art, and in society more generally, as we learn from lockdown and literature.

Event organised by Alliance Française Cambridge.
https://www.alliance-cam.co.uk/

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Additional Information

Age: All Ages
Format: Talk
Timing: In person
Cost: FREE
Event Capacity: 50 +
Theme: Health, Society, Discovery, Environment
Accessibility: Full access

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