IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1501: Dialogue in Old English Literature

Thursday 17 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Ferdinand von Mengden, Institut für Englische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Christina Lee, School of English, University of Nottingham
Paper 1501-bFrom Consolation of Philosophy to Instruction by the Colloquy: Dialectics and Didactics in Old English Dialogue Literature
(Language: English)
Ferdinand von Mengden, Institut für Englische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1501-cTalking to and about Jews: Dialogue Structures in Old English Poetry
(Language: English)
Renate Bauer, Institut für Englische Philologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English
Abstract

The session presents three different viewpoints on form and function of the dialogue in Old English literature. Christine B. Thijs investigates the Dialogue as ‘didactic form’ and compares its use in Anglo-Saxon England with classical and late antique models. Ferdinand von Mengden draws up a typology of dialogue texts within the OE period with regard to both form and didactic function, comparing Alfredian texts with shorter prose dialogues and metrical dialogues. Focussing on the dialogue sections of Elene and Andreas, Renate Bauer examines discursive power and interrogation strategies within literary dialogues.