future of the book

“Flamenca” at #Kzoo2016 (2): notes from roundtable + tidied fuller version of talk

51st INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES
(WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, KALAMAZOO)
THURSDAY 12 MAY 2016
SESSION 137, SPONSORED BY THE SOCIÉTÉ GUILHEM IX
THE MEDIEVAL OCCITAN ROMANCE FLAMENCA (A ROUNDTABLE)


This post is a follow-up to “Flamenca” at #Kzoo2016 (2016-05-09)

Text, after, culture, ecocriticism, time

Added intro: all of us on this panel—Lisa Bevevino, Hartley Miller, Darrell Estes, and myself—were talking, in one form or another, about transformation: so that’s the fil conducteur that continues here… (more…)

“Flamenca” at #Kzoo2016 (1): before the climactic event, an introduction to international medievalist congress

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The Old Occitan Romance of Flamenca has long been known, to Occitanists and other similarly fine noble persons of taste and distinction as A Good Thing. And fine, noble, etc.

It has been growing in repute. Part of that is its availability in four new paperback editions and translations, all in the last ten years. In Medievalist, publication, and book-historical terms this is Major.

Here’s a rough list, in chronological order, of editions and translations. (more…)

#SaveAshgate

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[I’m not writing a proper full blog post myself: I couldn’t do this matter due justice as my word-brain is fried after marking, finally crashing after working since 6 a.m. So I will hand you over to other people who can address it better, more elegantly and eloquently: Eileen A. Joy follows below (I added links, and images from Schuiten & Peeters Les Cités obscures), and other text is from Custodians Online and Rabia Gregory:]

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UPDATE on ‪#‎saveashgate‬ petition-campaign: the Burlington, Vermont office did close on Nov. 25, while plans for the UK office are still up in the air. In addition, it has been announced that the list price of most existing Ashgate titles will increase on Jan. 1, 2016 to $149.95 / £95.00 per title. (more…)

Academia dot edu

An intellectual property issue:

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, “Academia, Not Edu,” in Planned Obsolescence (26 October 2015)

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QUESTIONS (more…)

FLAMENCA UNBOUND

[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.

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readings on reading

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…)

the future of the book

From xkcd: “In the new edition of The Giving Tree, the tree uses social tools to share with its friends all the best places to buy things”

on short stories and books

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Analogous to articles vs. books. Though books they are a-changing, and publishing. I hope for the better. Longtime hunch: online writing is already enriching literary forms and styles–from the infinite variety of the blog-post to the epigrammatic pith of the tweet.  (more…)