Session Title

Blunder (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

BABEL Working Group

Organizer Name

Eileen A. Joy

Organizer Affiliation

BABEL Working Group

Presider Name

Valerie Vogrin

Presider Affiliation

Peanut Books

Paper Title 1

Blundering at the End in Beowulf

Presenter 1 Name

Mary Kate Hurley

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Yale Univ.

Paper Title 2

The Fruit of Failure

Presenter 2 Name

M. W. Bychowski

Presenter 2 Affiliation

George Washington Univ.

Paper Title 3

Speculations

Presenter 3 Name

Nancy M. Thompson, Maggie Williams

Presenter 3 Affiliation

St. Olaf College, William Paterson Univ.

Paper Title 4

Scribal Blunders, Poetic Wonders: Reports from a Modern-Day Scribe

Presenter 4 Name

David Hadbawnik

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. at Buffalo

Paper Title 5

Slices and Splices

Presenter 5 Name

Marian Bleeke, Anne F. Harris

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Cleveland State Univ., DePauw Univ.

Paper Title 6

Failblog/Fumblr

Presenter 6 Name

Asa Simon Mittman, Shyama Rajendran

Presenter 6 Affiliation

California State Univ.-Chico, George Washington Univ.

Start Date

11-5-2013 3:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 158

Description

Then, with chaos and blunders encircling my head, / Let me ponder.~ Oliver Goldsmith, "Retaliation 21"

This roundtable session invites short presentations that would explore medieval texts and other artifacts (which could include 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 blunder and blundering -- defined as confusion, bewilderment, trouble, disturbance, clamour, discomfiture, turmoil, mistakes, stupidity, carelessness, bumbling, errancy, confounding, foolishness, foiling, stumbling, perturbing, mayhem, fracas, and noise. It is hoped that presentations will trace some of the ways in which "blunder" 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, 3:30 PM

Blunder (A Roundtable)

Bernhard 158

Then, with chaos and blunders encircling my head, / Let me ponder.~ Oliver Goldsmith, "Retaliation 21"

This roundtable session invites short presentations that would explore medieval texts and other artifacts (which could include 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 blunder and blundering -- defined as confusion, bewilderment, trouble, disturbance, clamour, discomfiture, turmoil, mistakes, stupidity, carelessness, bumbling, errancy, confounding, foolishness, foiling, stumbling, perturbing, mayhem, fracas, and noise. It is hoped that presentations will trace some of the ways in which "blunder" 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