IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 829: From Alfredian Renewal to Benedictine Reform: Developments in Anglo-Saxon Literary History in the Long 10th Century

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Mark Atherton, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Francis Leneghan, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Paper 829-aLiterature and Patronage at Alfred's Court
(Language: English)
Daniel Anlezark, Department of English, University of Sydney
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Literacy and Orality, Political Thought
Paper 829-bThe National Emphasis in the Old English Menologium, the Monastic Revival, and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
(Language: English)
Kazutomo Karasawa, Department of English & American Literature, Komazawa University, Tokyo
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Political Thought
Paper 829-cKing Edgar as Reformer: Literary Perspectives in Æthelwold, Lantfred, and the Vercelli Homilies
(Language: English)
Mark Atherton, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin, Political Thought, Sermons and Preaching
Abstract

This session seeks to rewrite literary history in the light of recent research and debate on the expansion of the kingdom of England in the long 10th century. Beginning with the court of King Alfred and literary writings associated with it, the session focusses on issues of royal patronage and authority, changing images of the king, national renewal and monastic reform. Case studies will draw on Old English prose and verse and Anglo-Latin writings, and the aim is to form a clearer picture of literary developments in the period broadly from Alfred the Great to Edgar the Peaceable.