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Witan: Books and Books and Books

By • Jul 21st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, translation

WITAN 1. to wit, know, have knowledge, be aware.  2. have knowledge, be aware of  – Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary With all this talk of reading and translating and comparing, I thought it might be helpful to share all my sources, and take a look at my typical translation process. So, without further ado, welcome to…
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Hwæt – Beginning Beowulf

By • Jun 28th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, translation

HWÆT used as an adverb or interjection: Why, what! Ah!; How, what; well, so, indeed, certainly -Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary   Hwæt – the first word in the 3,182 line Old English epic seems like a fitting first word for my first blog post now that my research is officially underway.   Because I’m examining the…
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“A-Wendan” – An Abstract on Beowulf Translations

By • Apr 14th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, translation

A-WENDAN verb, transitive: to translate, change, to turn upside down, pervert – Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary The first time I read Beowulf, it was in an English translation. Without really thinking about it, I assumed I was reading an “accurate” translation of the text, one that strove to be faithful to the Old English manuscript for my scholarly benefit.…
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Farewell, Winterthur

By • Aug 7th, 2017 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

It’s hard to believe ten weeks have come and gone, and that Friday was full of goodbyes. I was sent off with kind cards, two pies, and the promise that I was now family, and should come back when I could. There are so many wonderful moments and memories, people and things from this summer, […]

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An Afternoon with Audubon – Winterthur Week 9

By • Aug 1st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Most of this last week was spent playing the print block matching game – figuring out which blocks create each print, and updating Registration’s records of those prints. Going through the prints took up most of my time, to the point where looking at prints left me feeling slightly sick, because they were all I […]

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The Print Blocks Strike Back – Winterthur Week 8

By • Jul 24th, 2017 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

You Thought They Were Gone For Good… And honestly, so did I. When Paula and I finished photographing the last box of print blocks, I thought that would be the end of it for me. But it wasn’t. It really wasn’t. Because in addition to the 12 boxes of print blocks, Winterthur also received two […]

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A Couple New Adventures – Winterthur Week 7

By • Jul 17th, 2017 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

This week at Winterthur was a mix of classic responsibilities and new assignments. I realized I only three weeks left at Winterthur after this, and it’s crazy to think of how much I have seen and experienced during my time with the Curatorial and Registration Departments. Let’s take a look at Week 7, shall we? […]

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A is for Arsenic (and other Oddities)

By • Jul 9th, 2017 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

With the Fourth of July and a conveniently placed “floating holiday”, this work week at Winterthur was only three days, and not too much happened. The new Curatorial Fellow arrived (fun fact – she’s a William and Mary graduate!), and I spent most of my time updating notes on objects from the 2016-2017 fiscal year. […]

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A Week in the Life – Winterthur Week 5

By • Jul 3rd, 2017 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

With the end of Week 5, it’s officially the halfway point of my time with Winterthur’s curatorial department. To offer a sense of the dynamic schedule I often have, here’s a summary of the week. Monday The elevator broke. An exciting way to start off the week, this meant regularly hiking up all 97 steps […]

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On Mondays We Catalogue – Winterthur Week 4

By • Jun 22nd, 2017 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Life is full of many seemingly unanswerable questions. Mysteries so vast, so expansive, and so seemingly all-encompassing that figuring out how to find their answers seems impossible. Luckily, my time at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library has lead to some knowledge about one of those big life mysteries. While I cannot tell you about the […]

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