IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 602: Anglo-Saxon Riddles and Wisdom, I: Mind and Movement

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:The Riddle Ages: An Anglo-Saxon Riddle Blog
Organisers:Megan Cavell, Department of English, Durham University
Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Paper 602-aMind, Mood, and Meteorology in Exeter Book Riddles 1-3
(Language: English)
James Antonio Paz, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
James Antonio Paz, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Mentalities
Paper 602-bThe Sothgied of the Seafarer
(Language: English)
Eleni Ponirakis, School of English, University of Nottingham
Eleni Ponirakis, School of English, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Mentalities
Paper 602-cSet in Stone or Food for Worms: Questioning the Stasis of Writing in the Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Victoria Symons, Department of English, University College London
Victoria Symons, Department of English, University College London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

The papers in Session I approach Old English riddles and wisdom texts in the context of mental activity. Thus, Paz discusses imagery of human cognition in relation to the untameable natural forces of Exeter Book Riddles 1-3; Ponirakis examines the riddling manner in which The Seafarer describes violent physical and mental encounters; and Symons explores the tensions between and within speech and writing that are emphasized by the imagery of movement.