IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1501: Crowning Glory: Rulership and Difference in Anglo-Saxon England

Thursday 15 July 2004, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Stewart J. Brookes, Department of English Language & Literature, King's College London
Carolin M. Esser, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Mary Swan, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1501-aHandling the Sceptre: Ælfric and the Politics of Kingship
(Language: English)
Stewart J. Brookes, Department of English Language & Literature, King's College London
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Theology
Paper 1501-bCyning Middangeardes: On the Axis of a Three-Fold Hierarchy
(Language: English)
Carolin M. Esser, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Social History, Theology
Paper 1501-cBelabouring Difference: Work and the Production of Gender in Old English Literature
(Language: English)
Stacy S. Klein, Department of English, Rutgers University, New Jersey / International Society for Anglo-Saxonists
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Abstract

In the spirit of the congress’s theme ‘Clash of Cultures’, the focus of this session is on inner and outer cultural influences, perspectives and representations of Anglo-Saxon rulership. The three papers will variously address issues of Kingship, gender and the relationship of the human to the divine, as found in selected Old English prose and poetic texts. The approach will be literary as well as historical.