IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 329: Exploring the Medieval Imaginative Landscape

Monday 4 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Rose A. Sawyer, School of History / School of English, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 329-aSkiptingr, Conjǒun, and Wehselbalc: The Connection between Child Substitution and Foolishness in Vernacular Insults
(Language: English)
Rose A. Sawyer, School of History / School of English, University of Leeds
Rose A. Sawyer, School of History / School of English, University of Leeds
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities
Paper 329-bÚtgarðr in Iceland: The Geography of the Supernatural in Saga Society
(Language: English)
Max Bienkowski, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Max Bienkowski, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Social History
Abstract

This session will draw upon a range of literary and linguistic sources to develop a sense of the discourses surrounding the strange or supernatural during the medieval period. Each speaker will focus on a particular corner of the medieval imaginative landscape, thus the session touches upon witches in Spain, the supernatural nature of the Icelandic wilderness, and finding changelings in the etymology of vernacular insults. Combined, these papers represent a concerted effort to move towards an analysis of accounts of the supernatural that is based upon illuminating discourses rather than beliefs.