IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 605: Converting the Isles, II: Converting Traditions

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Leverhulme Trust Network 'Converting the Isles'
Organiser:Brittany Schorn, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Roy Flechner, School of History, University College Dublin
Paper 605-a'Come to me, loving Mary, that I may keen with you': Pagan Past and Christian Present in the 8th-Century Blathmac Poems
(Language: English)
Alexandra Bergholm, Department of World Cultures / Study of Religions, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Lay Piety, Monasticism
Paper 605-bConverting Childhood: Shifting Perceptions of Childhood in Early Irish and Anglo-Saxon Ecclesiastical Texts
(Language: English)
Jessica Storoschuk, School of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 605-cConverting Traditional Old Norse Poetics
(Language: English)
Brittany Schorn, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

This session will consider aspects of cultural changes resulting from conversion to Christianity as manifested in literary texts. Alexandra Bergholm will focus on the 8th-century Blathmac poems from the viewpoint of Marian devotion, by tracing their possible background in the non-Biblical traditions concerning Mary’s compassionate suffering at her Son’s death, and by offering some thoughts on their significance with regard to the emergence of affective piety in the early Middle Ages. Jessica Storoschuk will examine the concept of childhood in early medieval Ireland and Anglo-Saxon England as represented especially in penitentials and the Hibernensis. Brittany Schorn will consider the role of the conversion in the medieval redefinition of eddic poetics.