IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1545: Reading Architecture: Symbolic and Imagined Spaces in the Works of Anglo-Saxon Authors

Thursday 9 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Hannah McKendrick Bailey, Balliol College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Britton Elliott Brooks, Faculty of English, University of Oxford
Paper 1545-aHellish Architecture and the Architecture of Hell in Anglo-Saxon England
(Language: English)
Daniel Thomas, Wadham College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Art History - General, Language and Literature - Old English, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1545-bAlcuin's Propositiones and the St. Gall Plan: An Architectural Riddle
(Language: English)
Karl Kinsella, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Architecture - General, Art History - General, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1545-cArchitecture as Authoritative Reader in Old English Poetry
(Language: English)
Hannah McKendrick Bailey, Balliol College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Architecture - General, Language and Literature - Old English
Abstract

The papers in this session stem from a new interdisciplinary discussion group on Architectural Representation in Early Medieval England c. 650-1350, a collaborative project investigating the various ways construction and design were conceived of, lived with, and imbued with significance in both textual and material culture. The papers in this session explore the representations of the architecture of imagined and symbolic spaces in the work of Anglo-Saxon authors at home and abroad, with particular attention to the ways in which these texts create new meaning through the reformulation of older traditions.