IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1643: Nonviolence as a Catalyst for Change in the Medieval North Atlantic Isles

Thursday 9 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Gerard Hynes, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Alice D. Jorgensen, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Paper 1643-aWit versus War: Negotiating Violence and Kingship in Two Medieval Irish Texts
(Language: English)
Julie A. Le Blanc, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Political Thought
Paper 1643-bThe Practical Nonviolence of Anglo-Saxon Heroic Saints
(Language: English)
Gerard Hynes, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1643-cLaying Down the Law: Personal Honour versus Communal Good in Njáls saga
(Language: English)
Kyle Hughes, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Political Thought
Abstract

Violence, especially war, as a catalyst for change has received much critical attention. The ability of nonviolence to effect change, and the recognition of that catalytic potential by medieval authors, has been the subject of much less scholarship. This session offers three case studies of differing engagements with literary non-violence from three independent yet interacting medieval cultures. Themes addressed in the session will include: literary depictions of nonviolence; the pragmatic considerations of nonviolent action; connections between nonviolence and political and ecclesiastical reform.