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About carlamthomas

I'm an Assistant Professor of English at Florida Atlantic University, and I earned my PhD from New York University and my BA and MA from Florida State University. It's good to be a Floridian again. My concentration is Early Middle English literature, language, and manuscript culture although this stretches from Old English influences to later Middle English iterations of developments in my period. I'm also an intersectional feminist, trying to inject such theory into some of my newer work as well as my activist work with the Medievalist of Color.

“fyr on flode” in Beowulf

So, my first dissertation chapter deals with how early medieval English writers dealt with the sea, metaphorically, in a redemptive away when faced with exile/displacement. Exile at sea seems to be linked to the idea of control, ultimately. The more … Continue reading

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My Sacred Quest

Last week, I spent all week in libraries in Oxford and then Cambridge. I began in Oxford in order to finish with MSS Bodley 343 and Jesus College 29, as well as to go over the microfilm images of the … Continue reading

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Fiddling with Manuscripts at Last!

I have now been living in London for just under six weeks, and the first “Poema Morale” manuscript that I was able to see was London, British Library, Egerton 613, which contains not one but two copies of the poem. … Continue reading

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Come Muddle with Me!

Welcome to Muddling through the Medieval! This blog is dedicated to my efforts to research and write a dissertation on early medieval English literature, the title of which is currently “Wræclastas: Paths of Redemption in Early Medieval English Literature.” I … Continue reading

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