IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1601: Literary Culture in Pre-Reform 10th-Century England

Thursday 4 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Organiser:Christine Voth, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Christine Voth, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 1601-aLatin Poetry in the Age of Edward the Elder
(Language: English)
Robert Gallagher, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1601-bThe Old English 'Pledge of the Soul' Revisited
(Language: English)
Matthias Ammon, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1601-cThe Literary Life of St Guthlac in the 10th Century
(Language: English)
Helen Appleton, Department of English, University of Sydney
Index terms: Hagiography
Abstract

Scholars have long appreciated the impact of the Benedictine Reform movement on the literary life of Anglo-Saxon England and this wave of influence continues to inspire much scholarly discussion. However, the literary culture of the 10th century in the decades immediately preceding the reforms has as a result been relatively overlooked. It is the aim of this session to draw attention to some of the many dimensions of this activity, with each paper focusing on the composition or reception of particular texts or manuscripts within the period. In doing so, we shall consider the literary output of a generation without whom the Benedictine Reform would have been inconceivable.