More on medieval, medievalist, #medievaltwitter #MLA2019 calls for papers: some deadlines have passed, some loom this week!



For example, the Occitan LLC Forum (Tuesday 20 March):


Other CFPs: see this earlier post


Written and submitted an abstract?

Thank you for contributing to maintaining medieval studies, and to making the world more medievalist and thereby better and therefore also helping to save the world from Anthopocene and Cthulhucene apocalypse (the cthulucene, though, is a different story as it might help; where ecocriticism nourishes us with hope for cultivating a sustainable future).

And now, back to business as usual. (By business, I mean the original full proper sense of the word, with its human and empathetic and comic aspect; not its modern inhumane dehumanised capitalocene corruption.)

Context: a long-running #medievaltwitter episodic narrative, The Tale Of Larry The Dragon. Principal protagonists: Larry, @Zweder_Masters (Dr Miranda Bloem, Radboud University, Nijmegen), and @SophieLiselotte (Dr Sophie Reinders, Utrech University).



… and stories of short-sighted creatures who thought that strings of pearls looked like columns of snails or other tasty party snacks


and this is how the notaduck came to be included—along with the lion, notalion, elephant, notanelephant, and so on—in the standard medieval bestiary taxonomy


because just as every decent self-respecting bestiary needs a notanelephant to counterbalance an elephant, every story ought to have a mermaid and/or a notamermaid (also, in this case, crossing the generic multiverse; being a notanelephant and related to the elephant)



(I’ve not yet figured out what the bonnacon is doing here. Might just be passing through, as they do. I blame their relative, the manatee.)


From the pseudo-Ovidian apocryphal metamorphoses: the true story of how the unicorn came to be, and a rare glimpse of what one actually looks like (related: the Delirium Tremens pink elephant)


Tangential story in the Larry cycle: The real reason why Donald Duck wears a top but no trousers: to disguise himself and avoid being eaten by foxes, who are known for their own use of disguise but also, like all literary characters, for their inability to see through others’ disguises. It’s a harsh violent world, but it does have rules. Gorleston Psalter, British Library Add MS 49622, f. 190v


Keep writing about Larry and his adventures: imagination doesn’t just set those imagine and read free, it also breathes life into those words on a page or screen