Yesterday morning, after waiting for what feels like centuries, I attended a preview screening of Effie Gray, at the Barbican Centre. The screening was the first part of a day-long symposium, Effie Gray: innocence, betrayal, and the strivings of the soul, with the film’s producer Donald Rosenfeld and co-producer Andreas Roald in attendance. The symposium took the form of four papers on the psychological themes of the film. More information on the papers and speakers is available here.
But we were only there to see the film. Continue Reading »
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
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The Victorian Librarian:
This looks like a wonderful employment and research opportunity for post-docs with good knowledge of Latin and hagiography!
Originally posted on FMRSI:
Deadline: 19 November 2013
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Posted in Academia, Employment, Medieval goodness, The Middle Ages | Tagged Cult of Saints, Hagiography, Martyrologium Hieronymianum, Oxford University | Leave a Comment »
On November 23 I gave a paper at the Medieval Dress and Textiles Society Autumn meeting. The theme was dressing and undressing, so I decided to speak about the ambiguous character of Nicolette in the equally ambiguous Aucassin et Nicolette, a late 12th century/early 13th century chantefable by an anonymous author. I consider Nicolette to be a perfect example of Eddie Izzard’s definition of the “action transvestite”, part of his Dressed to Skill show in 1998 – see the clip here. My paper goes through the story highlighting Nicolette’s acts of dressing and undressing, and her various transformations. Is she Christian or Saracen, female or male, blonde or brunette, white-skinned or dark-skinned, human or animal, mortal or supernatural? What does she choose to be in the end?
There is so much in this story, and my paper is very clearly only the first stage of research into everything that it contains. Watch this space! You can read the paper here, and I’d be very interested in your feedback.
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