April 25, 2004

To writenne spell

In about a week and a half, I leave for Kalamazoo, Michigan for the 39th International Congress on Medieval Studies where I will be delivering a paper entitled “Verbal Constructions and the Structure of Old English Narrative”.1 I’m still working on the paper.

When I submitted my proposal, way back in August or September, I was shortly about to sit my thesis defence, so at the time the only thing I had on my mind was the material in my dissertation. While the title of the paper is suitably vague enough, I am bound somewhat by the contents of the proposal. I’ve got plenty of new material that I’ve been working on since then (as well as some unused material from when I was writing my dissertation) which could be worked into the paper (more interesting for me and potentially more interesting for the audience), but there is only so far I can stretch it, and only so much material I can fit into a 20 minute talk. Also, I find myself needing to balance the desire to talk about my more recent material against the exigencies of presenting a coherent and unified paper. Hopefully I’ll find the right balance…

1 The session I’m speaking in, Ideas of Style in Old English, is on Thursday May 6th at 3:30 pm, but instead of the location printed in the programme it will take place in Schneider 1355, or so I’m told.

Posted by Mark at April 25, 2004 06:13 PM

Mark, you’ve always found the right sort of equilibrium among your many interests, as evidenced by this very platform we’re talking through. I’m convinced you’ll find it for your paper, too.

Posted by: Rethabile Masilo at April 26, 2004 03:29 AM

See, I think your topic sounds cool as it is. Plus, you get to go to Kalamazoo! Hee! I demand that you bring back postcards.

Oh, and while you’re gone we may very well sneak into your backyard and steal all your mint. Just warning you. ;)

Posted by: Tyla at April 28, 2004 09:34 PM