IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 529: What Do We Assume?: New Thoughts on Old Misreadings of Anglo-Saxon Literature

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, King's College London
Organiser:Hana Videen, Department of English, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Kathryn Maude, Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, King's College London
Paper 529-a'When we pray ourselves then we speak with God and when we read then God speaks with us': Translation and Dialogue as Devotional Processes in the Vercelli Book
(Language: English)
Rebecca Hardie, Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, King's College London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Paper 529-bBattle and Blood: Reconsidering the Depiction of Violence in Old English Poetry
(Language: English)
Hana Videen, Department of English, King's College London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Mentalities
Paper 529-cRereading the Old English Orosius
(Language: English)
Victoria Walker, Department of English Language & Literature, King's College London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Mentalities
Abstract

Addressing the congress theme of ‘renewal’, this panel aims to reconsider old assumptions that inhibit new perspectives on Anglo-Saxon literature. How does the assumption that a translation is a product of a completed conversation influence our perspective on learning in Anglo-Saxon England? Is blood really an omnipresent symbol of violence in Old English poetry? How can we subvert traditional critical frameworks to better understand and appreciate the Old English Orosius beyond its political implications? This panel will shed new light on these literary misreadings.