Session Title

Plunder (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

BABEL Working Group

Organizer Name

Eileen A. Joy

Organizer Affiliation

BABEL Working Group

Presider Name

Myra Seaman

Presider Affiliation

College of Charleston

Paper Title 1

The Wycliffite Bible as Foxe's "Furta Sacra"

Presenter 1 Name

Kathleen E. Kennedy

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Pennsylvania State Univ.-Brandywine

Paper Title 2

Venetian Vectors of Plunder

Presenter 2 Name

David M. Perry

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Dominican Univ.

Paper Title 3

The Math of Longing: Counting in Love Diagrams and Lyric Poetry

Presenter 3 Name

Anna Klosowska

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Miami Univ. of Ohio

Paper Title 4

Chaos and Noble Designs, or, Blunder then Plunder?

Presenter 4 Name

Susan Nakley

Presenter 4 Affiliation

St. Joseph's College, New York

Paper Title 5

Plundering History: Fraternal Organizations and the Middle Ages

Presenter 5 Name

Laurie A. Finke, Martin B. Shichtman

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Kenyon College, Eastern Michigan Univ.

Paper Title 6

Stop, Thief!

Presenter 6 Name

Valerie Vogrin

Presenter 6 Affiliation

Peanut Books

Start Date

11-5-2013 1:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 158

Description

Fifteen of Hrothgar's house-guards / surprised on their benches and ruthlessly devoured, / and as many again carried away, / a brutal plunder. ~ Beowulf, trans. Seamus Heaney

This roundtable session invites short presentations that would explore texts and other artifacts (which could philosophy, theology, poems, romances, histories, manuscript illuminations, archaeological goods, music, handbooks, scientific treatises, rules, architecture, etc.), and/or any aspect of scholarship on the Middle Ages, that engage, practically and theoretically, consciously or unconsciously, in plunder and plundering -- defined as taking, stealing, pillaging, rapine, ransacking, spoiling, piracy, embezzlement, thieving, booty, depredation, conquest, despoiling, desolation, capture, seizure, sacking, looting, and robbery. It is hoped that presentations will trace some of the ways in which "plunder" has served as an historical actant, "making things happen" (for good or ill) that could not be anticipated in advance and which (somewhat and somehow) escapes full human control.

Eileen A. Joy

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May 11th, 1:30 PM

Plunder (A Roundtable)

Bernhard 158

Fifteen of Hrothgar's house-guards / surprised on their benches and ruthlessly devoured, / and as many again carried away, / a brutal plunder. ~ Beowulf, trans. Seamus Heaney

This roundtable session invites short presentations that would explore texts and other artifacts (which could philosophy, theology, poems, romances, histories, manuscript illuminations, archaeological goods, music, handbooks, scientific treatises, rules, architecture, etc.), and/or any aspect of scholarship on the Middle Ages, that engage, practically and theoretically, consciously or unconsciously, in plunder and plundering -- defined as taking, stealing, pillaging, rapine, ransacking, spoiling, piracy, embezzlement, thieving, booty, depredation, conquest, despoiling, desolation, capture, seizure, sacking, looting, and robbery. It is hoped that presentations will trace some of the ways in which "plunder" has served as an historical actant, "making things happen" (for good or ill) that could not be anticipated in advance and which (somewhat and somehow) escapes full human control.

Eileen A. Joy