IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 701: Emotion and Cultural Memory in the Early Germanic Middle Ages

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Flinders University
Organiser:Erin Sebo, Department of English, Creative Writing & Australian Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide
Moderator/Chair:Gerard Hynes, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Paper 701-aTextual Memory and Emotional Culture: The Legacy of Neoplatonism in the Old English Boethius
(Language: English)
Alice D. Jorgensen, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Philosophy
Paper 701-bWælniðe wæcnan scolde: Heorot, Feud, and Foreign Policy in Beowulf
(Language: English)
Erin Sebo, Department of English, Creative Writing & Australian Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 701-cGenealogies in the Íslendingasögur: Building and Breaking Ties with the Past in Icelandic Cultural Memory
(Language: English)
Lisa Bennett, Department of English, Creative Writing & Australian Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Abstract

This session will explore different aspects of emotion across early medieval Germanic cultures, in particular attempts to elicit, restrain, or direct emotion for social, religious, intellectual, political, or ideological purposes. In particularly, the session will explore the emotive power of various kinds of cultural memory and consider how traditional material is transformed—that is, re-formed and renewed—for this purpose.