troubadour erotics and poetics

“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…)

#WhanthatAprilleDay16 – Guilhem de Peitieus / Old Occitan

Phylologystes unite, lat us maken melodye

  
This post is for
mon aisimen et aizi
mon compagnon en eisil
celui per cui fui trobatz
alter dicat:

Guilhem de Peitieus (1071 – 1127) (more…)

#UBCSAAM 2016-01-25 virtual teach-in (2)

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(2) RESOURCES / TEACHING MATERIALS

Featuring

  • Some current parallels, like #femfog in the Medievalist community
  • Older post on here
  • Collected bits and pieces via Facebook and Twitter over the last week
  • And some more verbiage

OR: AN IMMODEST PROPOSAL FOR AN ANTI-RAPE EDUCATIONAL TOOLKIT

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CAVEATS…

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Love-lyric: music and musical life, preservation and continuation, survival

[Edited and revised: now includes, inter alia, some sort of conclusion.]
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Starting point: the Eagles of Death Metal response to the Paris attacks of 13 November.

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Medievalising “The Fall” and Power-Pointing

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS (THE FALL, season 2) AND BIG PICTURES

(and stuff about sex)

I was facebook-talking with some colleagues about PowerPoint, in response to and comment on this article in The Guardian :

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 11.24.33 AMCommentary on that article follows at the end of this post.

The main body of this post is an essay. It’s about another kind of two-dimensional rectangular object—a still from a “moving picture”—seeing what you can do with it in relation to commentary around it. Be that as the main focus (and sequence of items) around which other information is built and communicated, and which structures that new thing as a whole, making it into a whole; or as examples punctuating that new main thing; and/or as commentary within it.

Caveats: This essay’s structure may echo the structures in and of its subject-matter: work in progress / process / motion; by someone who works stanzaically and who also happens to work on medieval poetry; it in turn works a lot on and around, to use Chrétien de Troyes’s terms, san et matiere, and work that is itself—as work—une moult bele conjointure through panser et paine. (more…)