IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1006: Anglo-Saxon Riddles, III: Selves and Things

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:The Riddle Ages: An Anglo-Saxon Riddle Blog
Organisers:Megan Cavell, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Megan Cavell, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
Paper 1006-aBeating the Bounds of the Riddle Creature
(Language: English)
Amy Clark, English Department, University of California, Berkeley
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1006-bManifestations of Alterity in the Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Karin E. Olsen, Afdeling Engelse Taal en Cultuur, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Mentalities
Paper 1006-cTranslating the Nonhuman: Anglo-Saxon 'Things' across Medieval and Modern Verse
(Language: English)
James Antonio Paz, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

The papers in Session III focus on riddle objects and the processes of solving and translating enigmatic texts. Thus Clark will investigate the implement riddles’ relational ‘landmarks’, arguing that the familiarity required to arrive at a solution privileges not the solution itself but the tracing and retracing of constitutive relationships; Olsen will analyse the various degrees and manifestations of alterity that readers of the riddles face when turning the strange into the known; and Paz will explore the confluence between translation theory and eco-materialism, and examine how translators of early medieval riddles appropriate nonhuman speakers for modern audiences.