Thursday, April 05, 2007

Deep Breath Before the Plunge

So, in keeping with my interests -- a multimedia presentation of my day tomorrow. Well, it's not so much multi and two media -- but it's still pretty cool.

First, we have the bookshelves, arranged by focus. These are only the books on my major list, of course.Second, we have the list. And it bears being told that my friend who studies Renaissance made my list look absolutely stunning -- but blogger won't let me show you that. Here's the reduced coolness version.

Primary Texts
I. Bede
The Reckoning of Time
Historia Ecclesiastica

II. Alfred and his circle
Prose Translation of the Psalms
Translation of Gregory’s Cura Pastoralis
Augustine’s Soliloquies
The Old English Boethius

III. Ælfric
a.. Ælfric’s Grammar
Ælfric’s Colloquy
Ælfric’s Saint’s Lives (Selections)
i. Preface
ii. On the Nativity of Christ
iii. Of the Prayer of Moses
iv. Of the Memory of the Saints
v. Of Auguries
vi. Of False Gods
d. Ælfric’s Homilies (Selections)
i. First Year
1. On the Beginning of Creation
2. The Nativity of the Lord
3. The Nativity of St. Stephen Protomartyr
4. Of the Lord’s Prayer
5. Of the Catholic Faith
6. Dedication of the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel
ii. Second Year
1. The Nativity of the Lord
2. Another Vision
3. On the dedication of a Church
4. The Pater Noster, the Minor Creed, the Mass Creed, Prayers
5. Of Penitence
e. Preface to Genesis

IV. Laws
a. Selections from Early English Historical Documents, Vol. 1
i. Wihtred
ii. Ine
iii. Alfred
iv. Aðelstan
v. Edmund
vi. Edgar
vii. Eðelred
viii. Cnut

V. Letters
a. Letter of Cnut to the English People (1019-1020)
b. Cnut’s Letter of 1027
VI. Chronicles
a. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, ed. Swanton
b. Selections from Early English Historical Documents, Vol. 1
i. Historia Brittonum (Simeon of Durham)
ii. Historia Regum (Roger of Wendover)
iii. Flores Historiarum
iv. Bede Continuation
v. Reigns of the Danish Kings of England
vi. Florence of Worcester
vii. Other Annals and Chronicles, pp. 313–326
VII. Poetry
a. Beowulf
b. Exodus

Secondary & Theoretical Texts
a. Robert Hanning, Vision of History in Early Britain
b. Robert Young, Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race (Chapter 1)
c. Mikhail Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination
d. Walter Ong, “Orality and Literacy: Writing Restructures Consciousness”
e. J. J. Cohen, Hybridity, Identity, Monstrosity in Medieval Britain: On Difficult Middles
f . Allen Frantzen, Desire for Origins
g. Adrian Hastings, The Construction of Nationhood (Chapters 1 and 2)
h. Nicholas Howe, Migration and Mythmaking
i. Nicole Discenza, The King’s English
j. Alice Sheppard, Families of the King
k. Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities
l. Patrick Geary, Myth of Nations
m. Homi Bhabha, Nation and Narration (introduction)
n. Brian Stock, Listening for the Text
o. Kathleen Davis, “National writing in the ninth century: A reminder for postcolonial thinking about the nation” (JMEMS, 1998)
p. Augustine, Confessions Books 9-12
q. Sharon Rowley, “Judgment, History and the Sinful Self”
r. George H. Brown, “Meanings of interpres in Aldhelm and Bede”
s. Erich Auerbach, “Figura”

And finally, my secret weapon:

It's what every Anglo-Saxonist needs the morning of her exams. Oren's Daily Roast: Beowulf Blend. Now what monster can't I face with that!

See everyone on Monday!


John said...

Good luck!

ljs said...

So where's the picture of the bookshelf now, eh? Bet it's not so neatly arranged! ;) Well done for surviving.

(Did you manage to answer the question of whether the Oren's Beowulf coffee was responsible for his surviving so long underwater?)

JKW said...

That Oren's Beowulf blend is, I'm convinced, expressly marketed to stressed medievalists. Must be a lively market; they've had it for at least five years.

jean said...

Oh wow! Sharon Rowley was my professor for Ancient Brit Lit, Chaucer, and a few other wonderful Brit Lit classes. She's a wonderful person.