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A queer history
Peter Buchanan

up, smiling at her audience. Beside her sat a plaster bulldog, almost life size, with a piratical scowl painted on his black muzzle. ‘Don't scold me’, she appealed to the room, ‘wouldn't he be lovely as a stand for bulletins? And I do think these days symbols are important.’ … ‘What about standing him in the fireplace?’ Mrs. Spenser suggested, watching the Tippett's embarrassment with delight. ‘Where did you find him?’ … ‘In a salvage sale, opposite the Food Office. I can't keep a dog, I

in Dating Beowulf
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Nicola McDonald

poetry that cannot be disinterested. Percy drew inspiration from, but also fuelled, English fascination with the primitive.17 Along with men like Thomas Warton and Richard Hurd, both of whom read romance (although Hurd reads very little) as a function of their interest in Spenser, Percy promotes the Middle Ages as an age of romance, wild with imagination but, in perfect antithesis to his own eminently tasteful time, irredeemably barbarous; at the same time he promotes himself as someone able to know the difference. Where Percy encapsulates all of the ambivalence that

in Pulp fictions of medieval England