IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 102: Cognitive Approaches to Old and Middle English Literature

Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Katrina Wilkins, School of English, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Marilina Cesario, School of Arts, English & Languages, Queen's University Belfast
Paper 102-aRepresentation of the Mind as Body in Ælfric and beyond
(Language: English)
Eleni Ponirakis, School of English, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Mentalities, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 102-bLegal Language in Langland
(Language: English)
Jacqueline Cordell, School of English, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Law
Paper 102-cRelational Deixis and Characterization in Ælfric's Esther
(Language: English)
Katrina Wilkins, School of English, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Abstract

Since the mid-20th century, the so-called ‘cognitive turn’ has deeply influenced many academic fields. Yet, despite more than 50 years of cognition-focused research, the cognitive perspective is just beginning to emerge as a viable tool for the interpretation of medieval literature. The papers in this session examine Old and Middle English texts from a cognitive perspective, drawing on fields such as psychology, neuroscience, and literary linguistics in their analyses. Such a cognitive approach is doubly useful, offering not only a new perspective from which to understand the cognition of cultures temporally distant from our own, but also evidence of the diachronic development of human cognition.