IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 601: Objects and Material Culture in Old English Literature

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Helen Price, School of English, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Paper 601-aRules of Engagement: Exchanging through Physical Space in Old English Literature
(Language: English)
Katherine Leeks, Department of English, University College London
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - Old English, Social History
Paper 601-bObjects, Technology, Environment: The Influence of Technological Processes on Human/Non-Human Relationships in Old English Poetry
(Language: English)
Helen Price, School of English, University of Leeds
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Old English, Social History
Paper 601-cWhy is Peace Woven and What is a 'Peace-weaver'?: Constructing Abstract Concepts in Old English Poetry
(Language: English)
Megan Cavell, Department of English, University of Toronto
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Old English
Abstract

Objects are both a means of forging connections and the physical result of connections which have been forged. This session engages with objects and material culture in Old English texts through a variety of approaches. It draws on literary, historical, anthropological, and sociological research to consider the significance which objects and material culture held in terms of influencing and creating connections between humans, the environment, and other objects.