Middle English Poetry: Reviving the Oral Tradition

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
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When I teach poetry, I urge students to recall the definition of the word lyric: OED: “A. adj. Of or pertaining to the lyre; adapted to the lyre, meant to…

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Speaking English to Smart People: Grant Writing in the Humanities

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
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Late in the Fall semester, among the piles of coffee-stained drafts, student papers, folders of articles, and dog-eared primary sources on my desk, are these strange and new-to-me…

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Mediterranean History as a Medieval Panacea, or, the Difficulties of European-based Medieval World History

Monday, November 26, 2012
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This is perhaps something that should be prefaced by saying that I aspire to be a medieval Mediterranean historian, so this critique is more from the inside than…

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2012 Marco News

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Here is a link to the Spring 2012 Marco newsletter, which features some of our editors and contributors, as well as a lovely forward from our fabulous Director,…

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In Defense of the Edition

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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Including my MA and PhD programs, I’ve been an English lit graduate student—an early modernist—for going on five years, and I’ve never met a peer who is working…

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Cookies, Donuts, Extra Credit: The Answer?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

For those of us going on the job market in the near future, revising and updating our teaching portfolios, refining our management techniques, keeping up-to-date on current theories…

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“HEY now hear:” Thomas Meyer’s Beowulf

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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Thomas Meyer’s Beowulf, like the eponymous hero (and the monstrous villain too, I suppose), is an unrelenting force of nature. The deceptively casual choice of “HEY now hear” in…

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Seeking Intercession: Books of Hours and A Prayer to St Margaret of Antioch

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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Books of Hours, or Horae, couple image and text and provide a window into the devotional life of the laity, which is something that is frequently difficult to…

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Teaching Beowulf

Monday, July 16, 2012
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I quite clearly remember studying for my Medieval Comprehensive exam with a keen awareness that I would inevitably have to write about Beowulf. Over the years, it is…

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Social Networking in the Renaissance

Friday, July 13, 2012

It’s hard to imagine Marsilio Ficino, Thomas Wyatt, Christopher Marlowe or George Chapman with a Facebook profile page. In fact I’m rather sure Chapman would eschew the whole…

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