IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1001: Hostility and Hospitality in the Anglo-Saxon World

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, King's College London
Organiser:Carl Kears, Department of English, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Carl Kears, Department of English, King's College London
Paper 1001-aDinner, Drinks, and Decapitation: A First (and Last) Date with Judith in Old English Literature
(Language: English)
Hana Videen, Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, King's College London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1001-bDreams of Belonging: Dislocation and Communal Joy in Old English Poetry
(Language: English)
Fabienne Michelet, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1001-cSaint Cuthbert as Host and Guest: Representations of Hospitality in the Literary Tradition of the Northern Saint
(Language: English)
Zachary Hines, Department of English, University of Texas, Austin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin
Abstract

What kinds of relationships exist between hostility and hospitality in Anglo-Saxon literary culture? What kinds of punishments awaited those who turned from hospitality to particular kinds of hostility? Did descriptions of inhospitable terrain present Old English poets with the opportunity to break certain poetic rules? This session will consider Anglo-Saxon conceptions of hostility, the many forms it can take, as well as the kinds of rules that necessitate and activate such hostility when they are broken. How did hospitable places establish rules and boundaries with the threat of hostility and punishment? What might this tell suggest about certain Anglo-Saxon anxieties associated with environments and social relationships? Was anywhere considered safe?