Hamlet, Weekly Questions

HAMLET O, I die, Horatio!The potent poison quite o’ercrows my spirit.I cannot live to hear the news from England.But I do prophesy th’ election lightsOn Fortinbras; he has my dying voice.So tell him, with th’ occurrents, more and less,Which have solicited—the rest is silence.[Dies.]HORATIO Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince,And flights of angels sing… Read more Hamlet, Weekly Questions

Medieval Models of Disability

The title of this post is a deliberate provocation, as the word “medieval” in popular culture often means “backward” or “uncivilized.” It actually just means (for British Literature, at least), “between the years of 1066 and 1485,” or something in that broad ballpark. Question #1: Hoccleve’s “Complaint“ Why is Hoccleve disabled? For even though my… Read more Medieval Models of Disability

Queer-wolves!

I was so tuned into disability and disfigurement in Marie de France’s “Bisclavret” that I wasn’t even looking at perspectives on sexual difference. As such, isabella925’s post jolted my eyes wide open. After he changed, the baron decided to sleep in the king’s bed instead of doing literally anything else. When the king came in… Read more Queer-wolves!

Reflection for Week #2

This is a belated reflection that I should have posted last week. I’m really heartened and impressed by the level of conversation, engagement, and critical thought in everyone’s blog posts and comments this week. You’ve been thrown into some deep waters with Beowulf, in an online format, in the midst of a global pandemic and… Read more Reflection for Week #2

Zombies/Dragons

Question #1: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)” Do monsters really exist? Surely they must, for if they did not, how could we? Classic Readings on Monster Theory : Demonstrare, Volume One, eds. Asa Simon Mittman, Marcus Hensel (54) I’d like to revise Cohen’s above question a bit: not could, but should humans exist… Read more Zombies/Dragons

Welcome to the Third Project!

Posts for the Third Project will go here. You’re welcome to start working on a Draft for this category (“Third Project”) at any time. Please wait to publish your post until you’d like feedback from me and from others in our class. (Published posts can of course still be edited!)

Welcome to the Second Project!

Posts for the Second Project will go here. You’re welcome to start working on a Draft for this category (“Second Project”) at any time. Please wait to publish your post until you’d like feedback from me and from others in our class. (Published posts can of course still be edited!)