Not all unicorns are unicorns; their world is a complex one of subsets, intersections, exogamy, extended family, and kith and honorary kin. Here is a second, perhaps less obvious, collection of medieval unicorns (and a few medievalist ones). (more…)
Reading (and) comics, medievalised: notes from the last—“meta”—week of FREN 336, a class on bande dessinée, in French.
This was a second curious beast of an experimental course this year. Its first half and compulsory readings focused on Belgian comics (and as Belgian cultural expression). The second part, like MDVL301A in the first term this year, was centred on student group presentations. We have all done a lot of extremely sophisticated high-end top-class reading. We’re now into the final week, and Going All-Out Meta.
Because #medievaltwitter is amongst the finest public scholarship, breaking barriers of academia, bringing “outsiders” in.
Because Medievalists are able to go beyond the weaker—impoverished and impoverishing—recent idea of out-reach, back to its roots and underlying essential qualities, where they can perform alchemical philological magic to reveal a potent quintessence and share that openly and freely and equitably with the world for the greater and limitless enrichment of all. Why would you “perform outreach” when you could in-embrace-one-other instead, in brotherly or sisterly love: ou/où on s’entrembrasse? Because French (especially Old French) does it better.
Because Medievalists hug better. And we share better. Including hugs. Come join our happy virtuous cycle.
Medievalists and philologists are here to help, at your service and for the public Good. Even at what for others is “the weekend.” Manning the Medievalism Helpdesk today is the master satirist Marcabru. He’s joining us today from 870-ish years ago to help our Powers That Be with Words Of Wisdom and Thoughts For The Day from another world; from nobler, more gracious and honorable, yet humbler times. In the humility of looking back in turn, in the ever-repeating virtuous cycle of nostalgia, at better less barbarous times.
[Dedicated to the dedicated Valerie Michelle Wilhite.]
This post is a spin-off from an abstract I was writing for a call for papers, which I’m also sharing and redistributing immediately here below. It’s an idea for an ideal (post-book) edition of the 13th-c. Occitan Flamenca, and the post is punctuated with illuminations from Scarfolk Council*. You see, I am still being rather overcome with joy because of two things:
Flamenca is gaining recognition (a steady happiness since May), and
yesterday, my copy of Discovering Scarfolk arrived.
Some of this post is still in note/draft form, but you’ll get the gist of the idea.