IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 201: New Perspectives on the Exeter Book Riddles

Monday 12 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Paper 201-aStructures of Power in Some Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Jane A. Page, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 201-bExeter Book Riddle 4: A Trap for the Unwary
(Language: English)
Melanie Heyworth, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Demography, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Sexuality
Paper 201-cRunes, Swords, and Semiotics in the Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Pirkko Koppinen, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Decorative Arts, Language and Literature - Old English
Abstract

This session approaches the endlessly tantalising Exeter Book Riddles from three very different perspectives: the growing field of semiotic study, feminist criticism and discourse analysis, and reader-response theory. The papers will address a range of riddles, including the ‘obscene’ riddles, artefact-riddles, and problematic or unsolved riddles.