IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 101: Anglo-Saxon Life Cycles, I: Medical Perspectives on Ageing, Gender, and Physical Change

Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Thijs Porck, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit Leiden
Harriet Soper, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Paper 101-aYoung Dancers, Old Spinsters: The Ages of Man and the Ages of Woman in Early Medieval England
(Language: English)
Thijs Porck, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Medicine
Paper 101-bTreating Age in Anglo-Saxon Medical Texts
(Language: English)
Jacqueline Fay, Department of English, University of Texas, Arlington
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Medicine
Paper 101-c'Stæppe þonne þríwa ofer þá byrgenne': Images of Life and Death in Early Medieval Obstretic Incantations
(Language: English)
Karel Fraaije, Department of English Language & Literature, University College London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Medicine
Abstract

This session is the first of three sessions that focus on the role of ‘age’ in relation to this year’s IMC theme ‘Otherness’. Paper -a provides an overview of the Ages of Man tradition in the writings and art of Anglo-Saxon England, before calling attention to a unique depiction of a fourfold division of life featuring women. Paper -b addresses the degree to which age is a factor in Anglo-Saxon medical texts. Paper-c reviews Anglo-Saxon charms for childbirth within the context of other early Germanic obstetric incantations