IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1123: The Boundaries of Free Speech, I: Beyond Parrhesia

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Parrhesiasts Anonymous
Organisers:Mary Garrison, Department of History, University of York
Irene van Renswoude, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Mary Garrison, Department of History, University of York
Paper 1123-bInstitutionalized Parrhesia?: Satire in Early Medieval Ireland
(Language: English)
Kaarina Hollo, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge / School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Rhetoric
Paper 1123-cThe Freedom of the Imagination in Hrabanus Maurus's De passione Domini
(Language: English)
Kate H. Thomas, Department of English & Related Literature, University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life
Paper 1123-cSpeaking Fearlessly: Exploring the Concept of Parrhesia in Anglo-Saxon Adaptations of Late Antique Martyr Narratives
(Language: English)
Christine Phillips, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Rhetoric

The papers in last year’s strand on ‘parrhesia and the rhetoric of free speech’ explored the afterlife of classical ideas on free speech (parrhesia) in the Early Middle Ages. This year the Parrhesiasts Anonymous will address themes that emerged last year, with the strand title: ‘The Boundaries of Free Speech’. In this first session, the papers will explore how far we can take parrhesia-research into the vernacular Early Middle Ages, and what role the term might have played in the awareness of writers from the Insular world. Learned Anglo-Saxons were indebted to Latin rhetoric (and even Latin models) for their tradition’s prose style. Irish writers, in contrast, were the beneficiaries of a thriving vernacular tradition of literature, rhetoric, and poetics, as well as of formidable and distinctive Latin learning.