IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 101: More Than Words: Seeing and Reading Anglo-Saxon Texts

Monday 9 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Thomas A. Bredehoft, Independent Scholar, West Virginia
Moderator/Chair:Elizabeth M. Tyler, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 101-aUnthinking the Line in Early English Poetry
(Language: English)
Chris Jones, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Printing History
Paper 101-bReading Backwards: Retrograde Text and a Retrograde Reading of the Franks Casket
(Language: English)
Thomas A. Bredehoft, Independent Scholar, West Virginia
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 101-cAll in the Mind's Eye: Mise-en-Page as Reflection of Crisis
(Language: English)
Elaine Treharne, Department of English, Florida State University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Manuscripts and Palaeography

This panel will rethink the importance of the visual presentation of Old English poetry and Anglo-Saxon texts in their original contexts and in modern media. Covering topics as diverse as the Franks Casket, the visual lineation of Old English poetry, and the problem of manuscript space as reflected in crisis, rather than order/ordinatio, the papers together will outline new ways of seeing that can supplement and address our conventional ways of reading. Each paper will also attempt to concretize the issues by identifying new readings or interpretation that might result from these new (or Anglo-Saxon) ways of seeing.