Suzanne Conklin Akbari

Suzanne Conklin Akbari is Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, but would rather be working on her new project on medieval ideas of periodization, “The Shape of Time,” and/or lying on the beach in North Truro. Her books include Seeing Through the Veil: Optical Theory and Medieval Allegory (Toronto, 2004), Idols in the East: European Representations of Islam and the Orient, 1100–1450 (Cornell, 2009), and four collections of essays, including How We Write: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blank Page (punctum, 2015). She is also a co-editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature (4th ed.), and a master of structured procrastination.