Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Lots of Neat Stuff

While I'm getting swatted around by the demands of the new semester, and too wiped out to write anything of interest for myself, let me offer up some of the things I've been reading with interest:

If all that reading doesn't sate your medieval appetite, I would recommend reading the Menagier of Paris's treatise to his wife. I've always wanted to read it, but just haven't had the time. I'll read it vicariously through you.


  1. oh, i'm glad i'm not the only one who couldn't play JLJ's videos! i thought it was my college internet screwing up...

    :) i'm immensely complimented by the fact that you read and link my meanderings occaisionally.

    hmm. I note that your profile says you play with anglo-saxon literature. what's your pet subject, if you don't mind me asking?
    i'm wondering why i haven't stumbled across your name in any of my courses... but then my study has a distinct lean toward the hagiographical and the theological, thanks to both my tastes and my teacher's. i'm probably missing all kinds of good stuff in other areas of AS literature.

  2. Oh dear! That's odd. The videos work on my computer! I have a PC here at work, perhaps they give MACs trouble. Sorry about that!

  3. My research has tended to be with Anglo-Saxon charms and the Alfredian translations -- but since most of my actual teaching is in freshman/sophomore classes, I spend most of my time talking about Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Canterbury Tales, and the Decameron. You may have noticed that I tend to be obsessed with these texts. It's not because they are necessarily my favorites; it's because at any given point in the semester I'm probably currently teaching one, have just taught one, or am about to teach one.

    Lately I've been doing a lot of work on popular medievalism. At the moment I'm working on a theoretical framework for a book project on the subject. I don't like talking about theory in the Wordhoard, because the audience here isn't strictly scholarly. If you are interested in theory and medieval studies, "In the Middle" is a good space. I'm often in disagreement with the folks over there, but when they're wrong, they're wrong in smart, interesting ways.

    Maybe sometime I'll do a "What I'm reading now" post. I've got a bunch of books coming in the mail, so if you're interested, maybe I'll mention them as they come in.

  4. I have consulted IT and they say one needs Quicktime to view. Hope that helps!

  5. I've just finished Karl Steel's medieval humans/animals post, too. And I can't help but wonder why your "Unlocked" gadget ignores me.

    *sigh* Some esoteric and arcane technology/magic, I expect.

    Ah, well.

  6. Good news! You've already read the Menagier vicariously through me!

  7. Mac,

    Given my technological illiteracy, I haven't the slightest idea why that would be, nor how to fix it.


    Did I enjoy it?