February 27, 2006

Monday, 27 February

Inched past the mini-milestone that is the final subheading [probably] of my Servius chapter just now. Having finished the section on Petrarch's writing the Bucolicum Carmen to accommodate the tastes of uber-finicky grammatical commentators, I now have only to complete the section on his reworking of the Servian idea of pastoral as a metaphor for the intellectual's existence. For sure, easier said than done — though I feel now that the end is very nearly in sight.

Word count is about 4,700 — so I'm on target in that respect as well.

Speaking of "intellectual existence": my research presentation on that very topic will be rolling into town tomorrow at high noon, with a six-shooter in its belt and a cigarette wedged between its teeth. If you're the macabre sort with a penchant for zinging bullets, spattered bloodstains and unadulterated ultraviolence, then I do recommend you come along. There are twelve handouts — copied at the hand of Josie Brown herself, no less, this very afternoon — to go around.

"A man's life in these parts often depends on a mere scrap of information"

Expect to spend the rest of the evening practising tomorrow's schtick.

Last Italian lecture today, with exams and revision sessions incumbent from now until the end of the year. Tutor Simon Gilson remarked that I have shown a strong improvement since joining the class [which, considering that I couldn't exactly go backwards starting from scratch, is something of a relief]. The idea now is that I spend a couple of hours every week grappling with some of the Italian texts that Carlo Caruso recommended to me at the beginning of the year.


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  1. They might have some Italian films in the SLC if you want to keep up your listening skills too. Its sounds like you've been very much hard at work.

    27 Feb 2006, 21:15

  2. Thanks for the tip-off. I may give that a go; although my spoken Italian is virtually non-existant [I did about seven weeks of a ten-week course in "Holiday Italian" at the Language Centre last summer term], so I guess it would be like trying to watch a film in Greek or Latin. That is: "eh?"

    And I can assure you, that whatever impression you may get from reading this: I have been slacking off something wicked recently [recently as in all term]. Trust me on that. I'm a bona fide slacker.

    But thanks anyway for the morale boost.

    28 Feb 2006, 18:18

  3. I've been to a couple of performances of Greek Tragedies in Greek, its pretty confusing, you want them to slow down so you can keep up, and everytime an 'alas' or 'and' comes up its like a little break! Much fun though, very rhythmical.

    28 Feb 2006, 19:44


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