This week’s focus is magic and the uncanny powers of material things. Discussion may extend to the occult arts, technologies, species, language, varieties of vibrant matter, virtuality, ecology, and so on.
1. Chaucer, Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale and Franklin’s Prologue and Tale
2. Gower, Confessio Amantis (Mundus and Paulina, Book I; Tale of Florent, Book I; Grossetesste and Head of Brass, Book 4, 234-43)
3. Ingold, “Rethinking the Animate” in Being Alive (returning to some reading we did at beginning)
4. Bynum, Christian Materiality (read the introduction and some of the material relating to holy dolls on pp. 62-65).
If time permits take a listen to RadioLab podcast, “The Clockwork Miracle”