translation

On translation (including a very short story)

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Translating the Old Occitan Romance of Enimia for #AcWriMo (1)

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PROLOGUE

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is happening at the moment in the USA, there’s Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) worldwide this month too, and there was National Translation Month (NTM) in September. And then there’s a wobbly intermediate intersecting zone, of translating old stuff into new stuff. Welcome to the first post of the serialised Saint Enimia from the Bertran de Marcilia Old Occitan poem. This translation is one of my writing projects this academic year; on which, see “Remembering there’s a HAG in hagiography, Saint Enimia on her feast-day” (6 October 2018) and some older posts(more…)

The consolation and living magic of old poetry

img_7861“Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War”
British Library, 19 October 2018 to 19 February 2019.
Information: https://www.bl.uk/events/anglo-saxon-kingdoms

An exhibition just opened in London, at the British Library, which is by all accounts sublime and has been stunning colleagues who work in medieval English literature and history, and many other lovers of all things beautiful and old. (more…)

Resources: French dictionaries

This post is a mixture of resources for several levels of French, from absolute beginners (CEFR A1) to advanced users (C1+). I’ve focused on free online resources, plus some that are in public libraries: in celebration and encouragement of open access.

Some are available through university libraries such as our own here at UBC; many of these can also be accessed for free through public libraries. If uncertain or stumped, consult a librarian: if anyone can help you, it will be a librarian, because librarians are awesome knowledge superheroes with superpowers. (more…)

Work in progress: remembering there’s a “HAG” in hagiography, inspired by Saint Enimia on her feast-day today

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Bibliothèque nationale de France MS lat. 913,
the Office and Life of St Enimia.
Latin, c. 1300-10.
?Mende (Lozère, in the Gévaudan, Languedoc; a stone’s throw or short dragon-flight across the Causses from Ste-Énimie).

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