Wednesday, May 28, 2008

"A Dark Age for Medievalists" Round-Up

For commentary on Charlotte Allen's "A Dark Age for Medievalists" piece, we have:
By the way, in doing a Google search for "A Dark Age for Medievalists" to make sure I wasn't missing anyone, I discovered that the Unlocked Wordhoard is above The Weekly Standard in profile. Perhaps I'll see if Fred Barnes wants to interview for a position here.


  1. Heh. If she'd made fun of the way *I* dress it would be rather more understandable, really. As it is, though, I'm left perplexed.

  2. Coming to this story a little late, my ire is still fresh. Ya know, I usually love being quoted, but it burns my toast to be misrepresented completely (I was the lamenting professor from UConn in the feminist panel). I never said I had trouble getting students to sign up for my courses! In fact, my classes are usually packed and the students overwhelmingly respond positively to the subject material, often taking classes again with me (overturning her notions that students hate both feminist studies AND medieval studies). What I lamented was student resistance to the idea of "feminism" and their conflation of gender studies with "feminism." The darling Ms Allen should either take better notes or listen better in the first place; it seems that her preconceived notions regarding KZoo clogged her ears and clouded her judgment. I can't WAIT for her book to come out! I plan to make a point of attending her papers in the future. Thanks for bringing this to my attention and your patience with my rant.

  3. The more I thought about her article, the more annoyed I got.

  4. Jeez. It's a good thing Charlotte Allen never attended an anthropology conference! I mean. . . .aside from the fact she probably wouldn't understand the papers, those anthropologists dress funny, you know! And this woman is supposed to be doing graduate work?????
    Anne G

  5. I've read many, many articles like this--but they're usually about science fiction conventions (I've written SF) or LGBT gatherings (Pride, conferences, etc.). Difference frightens some people. The bigger the conference, and the more fun attendees seem to be having, the more the media want to portray people as wingnuts.

    It might be a good idea to get used to it. Now medievalists are on the radar, it will happen more often. In a few years, they'll move on to someone else...