This morning I gave the paper, and it was well received. Comments suggested it was "persuasive" and that it offered a "whole different way" of reading the text (both of which were my intentions, so YAY!).
In other news, I have found these British academics to be very friendly and modest. The most arrogant presenters have been other Americans.
And Oxford is stunning. I will write more later. It's been long day, and I'm not accustomed to my iPad keyboard, which is, currently, trying my patience.
Tomorrow it's off to London, and Saturday my mom and I will celebrate her b-day at the British Museum.