Þæt wæs god blog!
This began as an Old English blog, but it has evolved over the years and it’s time to update the ‘About’ section. The topics in this blog are not strictly confined to Anglo-Saxon language and literature. If you want a bit more Old English, check out my other blog, Old English Wordhord. This blog explores interactions between the medieval and modern worlds through literature, history, and art, as well as reporting on medievalist events, conferences, and classes.
Carolyn Dinshaw says, ‘[T]he Middle Ages are taken to be absolutely other but turn out to be only a refraction of the present…’ and describes ‘getting medieval’ as ‘[t]he process of touching, of making partial connections between incommensurate entities’.* So I guess my goal here is to get medieval.
If you’re wondering about the name, it’s what happens when lit geeks go to watch roller derby. Players have derby names, fun but NSFW necessarily (see examples). My friends and I were coming up with our own literature-themed derby names (Kill-ga-mesh, Julius Sieze-her, Merchant of Vengeance, and…well, you get the idea).
*Carolyn Dinshaw, Getting Medieval: Sexualities and Communities, Pre- and Postmodern (Duke University Press, 1999), pp. 19, 54.