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    Hiya, I'm glad you revived this thread,...

    Hiya, I'm glad you revived this thread, sithkittie, and I promise to post soon, but I'm currently swamped with work. It's the last week of the semester for me, so that means frantic frantic writing...
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    I really enjoyed What to Listen for in Music by...

    I really enjoyed What to Listen for in Music by American composer Aaron Copland. It's a bit dated (written in the '50s) but it was written to appeal to both the layman with no musical training and...
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    Poll: Great review, Jersea! I love David Sedaris in...

    Great review, Jersea! I love David Sedaris in general, but this book is special to me for a number of reasons. First, I got to see (and meet!) him in San Francisco last year when this book was in its...
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    I personally think any texts of the "dream...

    I personally think any texts of the "dream vision" genre provide answers for characters who are spiritually lost. Or travel literature:

    Alice in Wonderland
    The Wizard of Oz
    The Lion, Witch and...
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    Hopkins is totally out of my specialty/comfort...

    Hopkins is totally out of my specialty/comfort zone, but that's what draws me to his poetry so much. My favorite of his poems is "Carrion Comfort":

    Not, I'll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not...
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    Haha, obviously you've seen it more times than I...

    Haha, obviously you've seen it more times than I have! I just barely remember him at the end of the movie; I completely missed the Black Prince thing, but probably because at the time I didn't have...
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    In answer to #2, I've seen Shakespeare taught...

    In answer to #2, I've seen Shakespeare taught more often by genre. For example, you'll read all the comedies together, then tragedies, then histories. It might be difficult to read them in...
  8. I'm not familiar enough with the Robin Hood...

    I'm not familiar enough with the Robin Hood tradition to comment properly, but it is generally accepted that Friar Tuck's character was introduced into the tale almost simultaneously with Maid...
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    Sithkittie - I hope things are okay for in Japan....

    Sithkittie - I hope things are okay for in Japan. Obviously Arthurian lit isn't your first concern right now, so don't worry about sparse replies. Just get home safely!



    Oops, yes you're right,...
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    Mariamosis - I haven't finished reading the...

    Mariamosis - I haven't finished reading the Steinbeck, but I have a nostalgic story about it. When I was visiting schools to choose a graduate program, I knew I wanted to somewhere that had an...
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    I keep hearing good things about the Hollander. I...

    I keep hearing good things about the Hollander. I suppose I should go check it out.

    I'm partial to Allen Mandelbaum's translation, but that's because I read his version the first (and only) time...
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    I absolutely love your turn of phrase here,...

    I absolutely love your turn of phrase here, Auntie! And I sympathize. Here in upstate New York, we finally had a spring-like week last week. All the snow melted, the temperature got up into the 50s,...
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    For one of my undergraduate medieval history...

    For one of my undergraduate medieval history classes, my professor assigned us a textbook called Medieval Europe: A Short History by Judith M. Bennett. For a history text, it's a pretty quick read -...
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    Hi! I haven't died, I swear. Last week was my...

    Hi! I haven't died, I swear. Last week was my Spring Break, so I was out of town. Now I'm back busier than ever, but that also means I'm reading lots of Arthurian stuff. This week, for class, we read...
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    Re: I don't understand how anyone can say Genesis...

    Re: I don't understand how anyone can say Genesis is not misogynistic.

    But I recently learned in class that there were two Creation stories: one in which God created man and woman simultaneously...
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    Hi Auntie! I'm so glad you've put up a few more...

    Hi Auntie! I'm so glad you've put up a few more quizzes for us.

    For the 7 quiz, I got 5/7 - missed the first and last ones.

    And for the 8 quiz, I also got 5/8 - #1-3 (though three was purely a...
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    I'm not going to answer this for you, but here...

    I'm not going to answer this for you, but here are some things to think about:

    How does Prospero remember his days in Milan? Fondly? Bitterly? Accurately? Do his memories lead him to perform...
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    Chryseis is the daughter of the priest of the...

    Chryseis is the daughter of the priest of the Apollo, Chryses. I suppose there could be some mix up between father and daughter because their names are so similar. (Just like Briseis is the daughter...
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    Varnish, you're approaching the Aeneid from a...

    Varnish, you're approaching the Aeneid from a very modern standpoint. You have to realize that their standards of realism were not the same as ours and reading the Classical epics requires a...
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    Just FYI, for lots of older texts, notes like (T)...

    Just FYI, for lots of older texts, notes like (T) often refer to a certain manuscript. If your edition is translated from a certain manuscript, the editor will often note discrepancies between the...
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    Oi everyone! Thanks for keeping the thread alive!...

    Oi everyone! Thanks for keeping the thread alive! I'm too tired and ill (2nd round of the flu...boo!) to reply to everything, but I just wanted to post a couple thoughts on Chretien's Cliges....
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    Hmmm, how close is the language to the Layamon? At first glance, it doesn't look as alliterative as the Layamon, so I'm guessing a lexical comparison is out of the question?

    I did a quick search...
  23. Isn't Reading Gaol wonderful? I was so moved when...

    Isn't Reading Gaol wonderful? I was so moved when I read it.

    If you like short narrative poems, try Alfred Noyes' "The Highwayman." And you might like Tennyson as well. Check out "Ulysses" or "The...
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    I was disappointed by the ending of Crime and...

    I was disappointed by the ending of Crime and Punishment. I thought the novel as a whole would've been more effective (and affective) as a full-on tragedy. I've only read it once, and that was in...
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    Auntie, I have great fun doing your weekly...

    Auntie, I have great fun doing your weekly quizzes. I'd be sad to see them go, but I understand can only imagine how much time you put into them. Like Dick, I'll understand if you decide to nix 'em....
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