Some highlights from the ever-marvellous Gladly Lerne, Gladly Teche: or, meta-medievalism as its finest, via the ever-brilliant John V. Fleming. Preceded, with apologies, by some more-or-less related verbiage and other foamings at the mouth from yours truly. It was not intended but it happened. You will appreciate Fleming the more, I promise you, for having endured me as introductory support-act…
As the title “gladly lerne, gladly teche” suggests, Fleming is a master of integrating teaching and learning, exemplifying what the contemporary Powers That Be would call “flexible learning” and pretty much every other fashionable buzz
-kill-word that causes the Bureaucratic mouth to slaver. “Teaching and learning” might, radically, be called “scholarship” or just plain “active intellectual life.”
Fleming is someone from whom I learned a lot. In his Chaucer seminar, and working with him on the Roman de la Rose and other doctoral stuff; but also a lot on teaching and the central importance to it of the conjoining of sentence and solaas.
Conjonture, mout bele or otherwise, is of course another concept that translates exactly into 2014’s fashionable mouth-foamings; (more…)