IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 129: 'Make it New': Story-Telling and Identity in Old and Middle English Literature

Monday 6 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Katie Long, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Moderator/Chair:Katie Long, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Paper 129-aRenewing the Vita Sancti Cuthberti: Telling the Story of a Reformed Identity
(Language: English)
Irena Berovic, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Literacy and Orality
Paper 129-bTransformation as Renewal: Story-telling in Ælfric's Saints' Lives
(Language: English)
Janine van Drünen, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Literacy and Orality
Paper 129-cAesthetics of 'Englishness' in 14th-Century Story-Telling Practices
(Language: English)
Annika Hof, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

Story-telling, taken historically, constantly undergoes a process of renewal as each epoch finds different means of narrating its world-view. With a thematic focus on national identity, this panel will take a narratological approach (metrics, stylistics, agency, motivation) to the question of identity in the works of Bede (paper -a), Ælfric (paper -b) and Chaucer (paper -c). By reading the texts primarily as material, constructed objects, we investigate both the aesthetics of the individual work from a micrological perspective and also evaluate the role different modes of narration can play within wider macrological concerns such as identity and world-making.