IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1517: Emotions of Violence in Anglo-Saxon Literature

Thursday 13 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Judith Kaup, Englisches Seminar, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn
Moderator/Chair:Alice D. Jorgensen, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Paper 1517-aIs Martyrdom Shameful?: Ælfric in a Comparative Context
(Language: English)
Alice D. Jorgensen, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Theology
Paper 1517-b'Genam ða wundenlocc scyppendes mægð scearpne mece…': Female Violence in the Old English Judith
(Language: English)
Judith Kaup, Englisches Seminar, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Women’s Studies
Paper 1517-c'Selre bið ægwhwæm þæt he his freond wrece þonne he fela murne': Heroism and Revenge in the Anglo-Saxon Epic
(Language: English)
Hasso C. Heiland, Englisches Seminar, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Mentalities
Abstract

In this session speakers will explore various aspects of emotions in relation to violence in Anglo-Saxon literature. Alice Jorgensen will focus on shame as one of the major emotions associated with violence in Anglo-Saxon literature. She will look at how the vocabulary of shame is used in martyrs’ passions by Ælfric and others. Judith Kaup will talk about the representation of female violence. She will look at the emotions of the eponymous heroine in the Old English Judith immediately before and after the killing of her foe, Holofernes. Hasso Heiland will explore the role of emotions as a driving force of violent conflict in Anglo-Saxon epic literature. Relevant aspects include feuding, revenge, and heroism.