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The abjection of the Middle Ages

distribution was an interview with Richard Bourke, an Australian lawyer who is working on behalf of the inmates at Guantanamo Bay: They are torturing people. They are torturing people on Guantanamo Bay. They are subjecting them to cruel and unnecessary treatment. And people sometimes argue about the definition of torture

in Affective medievalism
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Problems of definition and historiography

Problem of Order (Chicago: Aldine Publishing, 1974). 53 Winifred Barbara Maher and Brendan Maher, ‘“The Ship of Fools”: Stultifera Navis or Ignis Fatuus ?’, American Psychologist , 37:7 (1982), 756–61. 54 Cliff Judge, Civilization and Mental Retardation: A History of the Care and Treatment of Mentally Retarded People (Mulgrave, Australia: Cliff Judge, 1987); Jayne Clapton, ‘Disability, Inclusion and the Christian Church: Practice, Paradox or Promise’, Disability and Rehabilitation , 19:10 (1997), 420–6, at 422

in Fools and idiots?

. 3 Ben Jonson, Bartholomew Fair , ed. Suzanne Gossett (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000 ), ‘The Induction on the stage’, pp. 9–10. 4 On the history of the discovery of Australia see Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore: A History of the Transportation

in A knight’s legacy
Early modern travel tales

Pilgrimage , 4th edition (London: William Stansby for Henry Fetherstone, 1626 ), side-note b, p. 785. 21 I. de Rachelwitz, Prester John and Europe’s Discovery of East Asia (Canberra: Australian National University, 1972

in A knight’s legacy
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Cognition as recognition

stylish, radiant optimism and intellectual initiative, not to speak of her mighty generosity and energy, has revivified the study of early English literatures in Australian universities.  1 T. S. Eliot, ‘East Coker’, in Collected Poems 1909–1962 (London: Faber & Faber, 1963), section 5, p. 203.  2 My central case here and throughout the essay is inspired by the project of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method, trans. Joel Weinsheimer and Donald G. Marshall (London: Sheed & Ward, 2nd edn, 1989; first published in German, 1960).  3 Ezra Pound, Make It New (New Haven

in Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries
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‘Snail-horn perception’ in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde

and takes place over time. Falling in love begins simply with snail-horn perception; that is, with a powerful sensory encounter. My purposes here are twofold: to elucidate the ways in which Chaucer first conveys the physiological and phenomenological processes by which an animal cognises the world; and, second, how those processes are complicated when perception becomes social. My interest in the history of the senses was inspired by the many sessions on the emotions in medieval literature organised by the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the

in Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries
Chaucer in the nineteenth-century popular consciousness

universal.’12 Clarke’s initiative had impact, and was followed in 1840 by The Poems of Geoffrey Chaucer, modernized, edited by Richard Hengist Horne, poet and journalist (he had changed his second name from Henry in medievalist enthusiasm), who later spent nearly twenty years in Australia, from the gold rush onward. Here, too, ‘modernized’ meant re-spelling and occasional verbal substitutions, rather than full-scale translation or adaptation. A review in the Illustrated London News found in the book Chaucer’s ‘magic eloquence’, but also linked his work to many classical

in Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries
Animal language and the return of loss in Beowulf

, ‘Translation and animals in Marie de France's Lais ’, Australian journal of French studies , 46.3 (2009), 206–18, esp. 211. 10 All Beowulf extracts in Old English are from R. D. Fulk, Robert E. Bjork, and John D. Niles (eds), Klaeber's Beowulf and the fight at Finnsburg , 4th edn (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008) and are cited by line. All translations from Old English are my own unless otherwise noted

in Dating Beowulf
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The Far East and the limits of representation in the theatre, 1621–2002

’. On 12 October 2002, a bomb went off in a nightclub in Bali, the best-known tourist island in Indonesia. It killed 185 people, the majority Australian university-age backpackers, but also many Balinese. This shocking event took place in the space between the close, at the beginning of the month, of the RSC’s post-Stratford season in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and its reappearance as

in A knight’s legacy
Combinatory powers of loot in the Exeter Riddles

, here the ore is able to resist the mastery of humans and lay bonds on them …’ ( The Natural World , p. 139). 30 Chris Bishop reminds us that the sexual riddles in the Exeter Book often figure the act of coitus as a battle, and ingeniously points out that ‘[i]f the wunderlicu wiht does not care for [ þ ] æs compes , a struggle with women, then perhaps he prefers [ þ ] æt compes , a struggle with men’. Chris Bishop, ‘Ambiguous Eroticism in the Exeter Book’, Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association , 2 (2006), 9–22, at 13

in Borrowed objects and the art of poetry