People

Mark Sundaram is an interdisciplinarian, medievalist, Anglo-Saxonist, (cognitive) philologist, academic, and philosophical layabout. He is the main force behind the Alliterative YouTube channel and this website; he writes the scripts and creates the videos, including writing and recording the music. He has a PhD in Medieval Literature from the University of Toronto.

 

Aven McMaster is a Classicist and a knitter. She edits the scripts, helps produce the videos, and maintains the website. She can be found at @AvenSarah on Twitter. She has a PhD in Classics from the University of Toronto.

 

Ian McMaster and Matt Ouimet have made contributions to the music; Susan McMaster has helped with additional script editing.


Site Details

The banner image on the home page is "The Seven Liberal Arts" by the Florentine painter Giovanni di Ser Giovanni Guidi (1406-1486).

The font used for the title is Du Bellay, created by Daniel Midgley. I thank him for making the font available for free.

The "endless knot" is a common visual motif of an interconnected knot with no beginning or end, found in many cultures around the world.  My use of the phrase here is a reference to the 14th century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, in which it refers to the emblem of the pentangle or pentagram which Gawain has emblazoned on his shield, where it is a symbol of interconnectedness of things–a pentagram can be drawn without ever lifting the pen from the page, and each point is connected to two other points of the star. Here at The Endless Knot it also gains significance from its comparison to the cognitive science hexagram or heptagram which shows the interrelated nature of various fields in cognitive science. I've created my own Endless Knot pentagram based on this notion which connects cognitive science, linguistics, literature, history and anthropology, which are all areas you’ll see related here.

The Endless Knot

The Endless Knot

Cognitive Science Heptagram

Cognitive Science Heptagram

The Endless Knot Pentagram

The Endless Knot Pentagram


Channel trailer