IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1320: Representations of the Natural World: Studies in Anglo-Saxon Text and Image

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Hilton Shepherd Postgraduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Birmingham
Organiser:Philippa J. Semper, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Peter Darby, Department of Medieval History, University of Birmingham
Paper 1320-aRepresenting Creation: Text and Image in Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Philippa J. Semper, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Art History - General, Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1320-b'For everything there is a season': Images of the Natural World in Anglo-Saxon Calendars
(Language: English)
Sianne Shepherd, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Art History - General, Daily Life, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1320-cConcealed by the Wood: Tree Imagery in Old English Poetry
(Language: English)
Mary Ward, Hilton Shepherd Postgraduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Old English, Pagan Religions
Abstract

This session will examine a range of texts, images, and imagery in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, moving from creation through the seasons to a close look at a single aspect of the natural world. We will apply a variety of critical approaches – literary, historical, art historical – to trace the ways in which these manuscripts present specific aspects of relationships with and attitudes to nature in the Anglo-Saxon period. Our analyses will reveal interactions between artistic, scientific and religious ideas and representations, reshaping everyday experience of the world into a complex model which both contributes to and conforms to cultural expectation.