IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 201: Anglo-Saxon Life Cycles, II: The Life Course as Narrative in Old English Literature

Monday 3 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Thijs Porck, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit Leiden
Harriet Soper, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Paper 201-aContinuities and Disconnections within the Life Course in Old English Poetry
(Language: English)
Harriet Soper, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Literacy and Orality
Paper 201-bYouth, Age, and Dynastic History in Beowulf
(Language: English)
Francis Leneghan, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Literacy and Orality
Paper 201-cThe Two Ages of St Edward the Confessor
(Language: English)
Inna Matyushina, Department of English, University of Exeter
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Old English, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

This session is the second of three sessions that focus on the role of ‘age’ in relation to this year’s IMC theme ‘Otherness’. Paper -a discusses continuities and disconnections within representations of the life course in Old English poetry. Paper -b looks at the theme of youth and age in relation to dynastic power in Beowulf. Paper -c treats the representation of two life phases of Edward the Confessor: his youth in various literary and historiographical texts, and his old age in one of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle poems.