Spring Break Party with King Arthur

It’s Spring Break here at El Cid, which means I’m partying working in my office.

Ah, the glorious life of the professor.

Honestly, though, these next few days are a welcome chance to get some uninterrupted labor accomplished on several projects I have in process. Today, for instance, I was able to spend more than four hours with zero interruption — email off, door closed, building quiet — which allowed me to hammer out the last few thousand words of an article I’ve been messing with for a few years now. I’m biased, of course, and I still haven’t read it all the way through myself, but I think it’s a pretty interesting piece: an intentionally convoluted reading of the Alliterative Morte Arthure, my favorite medieval work about King Arthur. I’m extremely pleased to have it done, but I really will need to find someone to read it over for me before I go sending it off to the land of academic journals. I typically don’t mess with a first reader on my work, but given the amount of time I’ve been working on this, and the inherent complexity of the argument I’m trying to pull off, I probably ought to have a second set of eyes look it over for gaps of logic and flow.

Of course, that means I need to find someone who wants to read over an 18,000-word draft of an article (with 91 footnotes so far) on late-medieval alliterative poetry. Somebody besides me must like this stuff, right?

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