What Is This Blog?

Hello and welcome to the Naked Philologist! (Like the Naked Chef, but with more grammar jokes and less chance of embarrassing burns…)


A new and improved introduction to Highly: I’m currently an MPhil student in Medieval Studies at the University of Sydney. Much to my surprise, I’m now doing exactly what I came to university six years ago to do: working on Arthurian romances: after a passionate love affair with Old English, I’ve landed up in the confusing but exciting world of Old French, where I’m writing about women’s friendship in the romances of Chrétien de Troyes. I’m taking Latin classes, striving to fix up my patchy background in gender and queer theory, and wondering what happened to my academic writing mojo. I’m also teaching a couple of hours per week as a tutor, which is a new and exciting adventure.

Contact me on highlyeccentric at gmail dot com.


8 Responses to “What Is This Blog?”

  1. Bo Says:

    Hi! I’ll link to your blog if I may – brilliant stuff, I loved it.
    All best wishes


  2. highlyeccentric Says:


  3. Steven Says:

    I would have sent you an email but didn’t see your email listed on the site anywhere, so I thought I would just post here.

    I came across your blog through Carl Pyrdum’s Got Medieval blog, as I’m a subscriber to his blog, among many others related to the medieval period, including Dr. Richard Nokes’ “Unlocked Wordoard” (Dr. Nokes regularly links to my site in his “Morning Medieval Miscellany posts). I’m just now trying to fill out my own blogroll — I’ve been slow to add other resource links to my website — and the category of “medieval resources” definitely needs some links added to it. I notice we share the same interests, and I was wondering if you would be interested in trading links: I’ll add your site to my blogroll and vice versa. Let me know if you’re interested.

    Best wishes,


  4. Te Says:

    Hi! I’m a 4th year student writing on seduction and sexual violence in 12th C. Romance…well, um…that’s where my thesis is heading this week, anyway. Enjoying reading your blog 🙂

    • highlyeccentric Says:

      😀 Thanks! If you’re after stuff on violence – Katherine Gravdal and Tracy Adams are a good start! *This has been Highly’s Citation Service for today*

      • Te Says:

        Cheers! I currently have ‘Ravishing Maidens’ on docdelivery, but I hadn’t heard of Tracy Adams.

        • highlyeccentric Says:

          So it was YOU who recalled Ravishing Maidens! If it’s still got my stickynotes in it, enjoy!

          Looks like the USyd copy is the only hard copy of Violent Passions in the country, too. Hang on, I’m sending you an email.

  5. fleetlyfly Says:

    hey! i just started my phd in melbourne on medieval women and was told to check out your site: very good indeed! i was wondering if it’d be ok to post a link to your site on my blog?


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