IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 518: Conceptions of Power in Anglo-Scandinavian England

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Alice D. Jorgensen, School of English, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Andrew James Johnston, Institut für Englische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Paper 518-aThe Limits of Power in Anglo-Scandinavian England
(Language: English)
Susanne Kries, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Potsdam
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 518-bPower, Poetry and Violence: The Battle of Maldon
(Language: English)
Alice D. Jorgensen, School of English, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 518-cConcepts of Power in Anglo-Scandinavian Verse
(Language: English)
Jayne Carroll, Department of English Language & Linguistics, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Abstract

This session will combine historical, linguistic and theoretical approaches to the topic of power in Anglo-Scandinavian England. It will explore ways in which power is presented, delimited and exercised in a range of texts, including peace treaties and poetry. Topics will include the construction of identities and spheres of influence, different conceptions of power in Old English and Skaldic poetry and the interaction of language and violence. Such issues gained special prominence in an England where Anglo-Saxon and Scandianvian interests were competing for hegemony.