IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1504: Feminine Force in the Old English Judith

Thursday 17 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Richard Marsden, School of English Studies, University of Nottingham
Paper 1504-aWundenlocc: Power and Status in a Tangle of Hair
(Language: English)
Jane A. Page, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1504-bJudith Masquerading as a Man: Mimickery as an Empowering Force in the Old English Poem Judith
(Language: English)
Pirkko Koppinen, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1504-cThe Jewel in its Setting: Judith and Gendered Language
(Language: English)
Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Abstract

This session addresses numbers 2 and 3 of Dr Marsden’s call for papers regarding Judith and Esther: that is, vernacular translation of the Biblical book of Judith and creative use of the figure of Judith in poetry. All three papers focus specifically on the figure of Judith and the ways in which the Old English poet has developed the figure presented in the Biblical text, but their approaches range widely, encompassing, for example, comparison with artefacts and modern feminist theory. Their emphasis, as the title of the session suggests, is on Judith’s possession and use of power.