IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1116: Social Codes and Social Conduct

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Judith Kaup, Independent Scholar, Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Judith Kaup, Independent Scholar, Berlin
Paper 1116-aReading the Old English Maxims
(Language: English)
Judith Kaup, Independent Scholar, Berlin
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1116-bMonastic Rules in Medieval England
(Language: English)
Christopher Forlini, Institut für Griechische und Lateinische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin

The papers in this session will deal with rules of social interaction. The session includes several genres (epic poetry, wisdom literature, monastic rules) and will analyse and discuss different aspects of the topic. Representations of social interaction in literature naturally raise questions regarding their prescriptive or descriptive nature. Other texts, which suggest being taken at face value, such as the Maxims or monastic rules, can offer interesting new aspects if read without such genre expectations. We would like to discuss questions such as: How are rules codified and perpetuated? What are the reasons for the choice of a certain set of rules by a particular group? What is the relationship of adherence to rules and social standing?