Chris Piuma

PhD Candidate
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
125 Queen’s Park, 3rd floor, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

Research interests

My dissertation research focuses on weird forms of reading and writing that emerged from the multilingual contact zones in the medieval Crown of Aragon (and vicinity). My I’m specifically interested in forms that never became articulated or naturalized in the medieval literary tradition, forms which might be better appreciated now, given the diverse literary pleasures articulated in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These medieval forms include multilingual poetry, “ungrammatical” second-language writing, experiments in translation, and asemic imitations of other languages.

More broadly, I’m interested in: the materiality of language; queer literary pleasures; ludic multilingualism; the affective potential of grammatical fundamentals; anachronistic, experimental, and non-normative reading and writing practices; dystranslation and other nonnormative modes of translation; puns, etymologies, asemic writing, and other disruptions of the word.

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Selected non- and para-academic publications

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