IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 829: Otherness, Monstrosity, and Deviation in Old Norse Literature and Culture, IV: Approaches to Legendary Otherness

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

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:Joanne Shortt Butler, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 829-aDwarves and Disability: Exploring Norse Literature through Disability Studies
(Language: English)
Natalie Whitaker, Department of English, Saint Louis University, Missouri
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 829-bRendering Myth into Legends: The Guises of King Guðmundr of Glæsisvellir
(Language: English)
Jonathan Hui, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Pagan Religions
Paper 829-cOnly Half Human: Re-Reading Hálfdanar Saga Brönufóstra
(Language: English)
Lorenzo Lozzi Gallo, Dipartimento di Civiltà antiche e moderne, Università degli Studi di Messina
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Sexuality
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. This final session will explore legendary and mythological characters in their contexts. Matters of textual convention, ability and disability, and gender will be highlighted.