Session Title

Erratic Letters (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Grammar Rabble

Organizer Name

Damian Fleming

Organizer Affiliation

Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.-Fort Wayne

Presider Name

Chris Piuma

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Toronto

Paper Title 1

Aurochs and: Overlapping and Unlocking Runic and Greek Characters in Old English Manuscripts

Presenter 1 Name

Rachel A. Burns

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. College London

Paper Title 2

Gibberish or Gobbledygook? Investigating the Dry-Point Runic Marginalia of the Exeter Book Riddles

Presenter 2 Name

Kris Kobold

Presenter 2 Affiliation

York Univ.

Paper Title 3

I Found More Hebrew!

Presenter 3 Name

Damian Fleming

Start Date

15-5-2016 10:30 AM

Session Location

Bernhard 210

Description

Erratic Letters

In geology, an ‘erratic’ stone is one that does not match the stones surrounding it, one that seems to have wandered in from another place. This panel would consider the ‘erratic’ letter—the letter that has failed to be pinned down, failed to maintain a constant materiality, or failed to keep its materiality in a persistent location. This session will seize upon such erratic letters—perhaps the letter transposed or misread by the copyist, perhaps the letter from a foreign alphabet unexpectedly placed in a new context—as a Lucretian ‘swerve’, a moment when the text becomes alive to new interpretive possibilities.

Damian Fleming

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May 15th, 10:30 AM

Erratic Letters (A Roundtable)

Bernhard 210

Erratic Letters

In geology, an ‘erratic’ stone is one that does not match the stones surrounding it, one that seems to have wandered in from another place. This panel would consider the ‘erratic’ letter—the letter that has failed to be pinned down, failed to maintain a constant materiality, or failed to keep its materiality in a persistent location. This session will seize upon such erratic letters—perhaps the letter transposed or misread by the copyist, perhaps the letter from a foreign alphabet unexpectedly placed in a new context—as a Lucretian ‘swerve’, a moment when the text becomes alive to new interpretive possibilities.

Damian Fleming