Thursday, March 04, 2010
Congratulations to Ruth Kennedy and Simon Meecham-Jones ...
... for the favorable review of their edited volume Authority and Subjugation in Writing of Medieval Wales in the January Speculum. I was fortunate to read the volume in MS and blurb it, though my endorsement was overshadowed by a certain Archbishop of Canterbury who elbowed his way onto the back cover.
I especially like that the reviewer, Morgan Thomas Davies, got that Simon Meecham-Jones's essay is a kind of jeremiad that, if taken seriously (and it should be taken very seriously indeed) will fundamentally alter the critical practice of "all scholars of medieval English literature." Contemporary scholarship has a way of re-enacting a partitioning of the island that silently replicates the cultural politics of the period instead of challenging that unnatural boundary.