This is a blog about edges.
I’ve always been drawn to them: borders, margins, liminal spaces; places where one thing is fading and another is becoming but yet, like Derrida’s trace, bear only the memory of the former and the possibility of the latter without being either one. Since I am enamored of both memory and possibility, I love exploring such spaces.
Since, by trade, I’m a scholar of the literature and culture of the Middle Ages, many–but by no means all–of the borders that interest me are medieval ones. But I’m also interested in exploring the borderlands between that medieval past and the present in which I live, and cultural borders I traverse every day as a scholar and teacher, a teacher and parent, an academic and a person of faith, a colleague and a friend.
I welcome suggestions, comments, and dialogue, including–and even, perhaps, especially–comments from those who wish to disagree, so long as the disagreement falls within the bounds of civil discourse and reasoned argument. Comments that engage in “flaming” tactics, name-calling, and other behaviors not conducive to productive and civil dialogue will be deleted.
Specifically, comments should adhere to the following standards (adapted from the community covenant on the Sojourners website):
- I will express myself with civility, courtesy, and respect for all, especially toward those with whom I disagree.
- I will express my disagreements with others’ ideas without insulting, mocking, or slandering them personally.
- I will not exaggerate others’ beliefs nor make unfounded prejudicial assumptions based on labels, categories, or stereotypes. I will always extend the benefit of the doubt.
- I understand that comments are reviewed by the owner of this blog and are subject to removal if deemed abusive.