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Michael L Smith




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PostPosted: Mon 10 May, 2004 8:22 am    Post subject: parody time         Reply with quote

My wife just got back from the annual medieval conference at Kalamazoo and among the more entertaining sessions she went to during the four days was a parody of conferences papers given at these things. Her favorite was an exegesis on that old Anglo-Saxon poem, "Beowabbit: New Light on an Ancient Tradition".

Among the topics under consideration for next year's parodies:

1. You Can See the Stars, but Still Not See the Light: The Eagles, St. Augustine, and Book I of De doctrina Christiana in Its Classical Rock Context.

2. Wash, Spin, Dry: Three New Approaches to Teaching the Arthurian Cycles.

3. One Tolkien Over the Line, Sweet Jesus: Suffer the Serious Medievalist to Listen to Yet More Inane Papers about Medieval Stuff and the [/i]The Lord of the Rings. (My wife's favorite since she teaches a course on Tolkien and medieval literature.)

4. The Saracens Made Us Do It: How Medieval Weapons of Mass Destruction Necessitated the Crusades Post-1066.
(My favorite.)

Regards
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Markus Haider




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PostPosted: Mon 10 May, 2004 12:31 pm    Post subject: Re: parody time         Reply with quote

Michael Smith wrote:

4. The Saracens Made Us Do It: How Medieval Weapons of Mass Destruction Necessitated the Crusades Post-1066.
(My favorite.)

Regards[/i]


Well, I heard they had a handgranade at Antiochia...
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Michael L Smith




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PostPosted: Mon 10 May, 2004 1:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Maybe a bow that could shoot five arrows at one time.

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David Quivey




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PostPosted: Mon 10 May, 2004 2:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

ahhh.. I hope she went to the lecture on "Beowulf waltzs to Edoras: How we can fit Tolkien into our Medieval Studies 1 curriculum" Big Grin

Now was it the Saracens that trained the killer bunny or the Byzantines...?
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Michael L Smith




Location: Mt. Pocono, PA
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PostPosted: Mon 10 May, 2004 6:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David,

Actually she did. (Beowulf comes, not waltzes. I kind of like waltzes better.) She heard three papers on how to apply Tolkien to get students interested in medieval literature. One of her closest friends at the conference delivered a paper on using Tolkien to teach languages.

Leigh wants to know how you knew about this session.

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David Quivey




Location: Davis, California
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PostPosted: Mon 10 May, 2004 8:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh, I'm a Tolkien nut myself, and a medieval nut to boot (of course, which is why I'm here) so I've been to the International Medieval Congress site and have browsed the topics Wink Sounds like it was great - wish I could go
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Michael L Smith




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PostPosted: Tue 11 May, 2004 10:25 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David,

There's always next year. My wife's already working on her abstract for next year's conference. Perhaps she'll see tyou there.

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