English department chair Dr. Meg Roland presented at the Pacific Ancient & Modern Language Association conference in November 2015.
Dr. Roland’s talk, Making Space: Thoreau’s Juxtaposition of Chaucer in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, was part of a track on Architecture, Space and Literature. In her paper, Roland suggests a connection between medieval poetry and nature. She writes:
In A Week On the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Thoreau writes recursively on Chaucer’s poetry amid a hazy demarcation of textual time and alluvial space. “Our boat was like that which Chaucer describes in his Dream,” Thoreau writes, suggesting an aesthetic and atemporal influence of medieval poetry in Thoreau’s fluid creation of the “architectural” space of his American river.
The Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association is a scholarly association designed for those teaching or conducting research in a diverse range of literary, linguistic and cultural interests, both ancient and modern, in the United States and abroad. PAMLA members include faculty and students in language and literature departments in colleges and universities, as well as interdisciplinary scholars from other disciplines and independent scholars.
Meg Roland is chair of the Department of English at Marylhurst University. She leads an annual study abroad trip to London and Rome.