IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 529: Otherness, Monstrosity, and Deviation in Old Norse Literature and Culture, I: (Were)Wolves

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Old Norse Network of Otherness (ONNO)
Organisers:Gwendolyne Knight, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms Universitet
Rebecca Merkelbach, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca Merkelbach, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 529-aTaming the Wolf: Reading Bisclaret in Light of Old Norse Kennings
(Language: English)
Minjie Su, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 529-bFearing the Wolf: Fenrisúlfr in Old Norse Mythology
(Language: English)
Kolfinna Jónatansdóttir, School of Humanities, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Pagan Religions
Paper 529-cCategorising the (Were)Wolf: Or, Are Shapeshifters People?
(Language: English)
Gwendolyne Knight, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms Universitet
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Abstract

Introducing the newly formed Old Norse Network of Otherness, and as part of a series of sessions, these papers explore a variety of issues concerning the representations of, and attitudes toward, different forms of otherness, monstrosity, and deviation in medieval Icelandic literature and culture, and beyond. These sessions are meant to complement the proposed sessions entitled ‘Men and Masculinities in Old Norse Literature’. Drawing on a variety of theoretical and comparative approaches, questions of behavioural, socio-cultural and textual otherness will be addressed, and the interplay of genre, character, text, and culture will be explored through the others, monsters, and deviants of Old Norse literature and history. In this first session, different depictions of wolves and werewolves are traced across Old Norse literature and mythology, and the role of shape-shifting in establishing categories of being is examined.