IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1101: The Anglo-Saxon Poetic Tradition, II

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:A Consolidated Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry
Organiser:Colleen Curran, Faculty of English Literature & Language, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Francis Leneghan, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Paper 1101-aMore than Just Words: Influence and Inspiration in Old English Poetry
(Language: English)
Daniel Thomas, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1101-bMemorialising St Wilfrid: The Poetic Act of Memory in Frithegod's Breviloquium Vitae Wilfridi
(Language: English)
Colleen Curran, Faculty of English Literature & Language, University of Oxford
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1101-c'Like unto Eternity': Remembering the Heroic Past in Anglo-Saxon Poetry
(Language: English)
Patrick McBrine, Department of English, Bishop's University, Quebec
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin
Abstract

Anglo-Saxon England was relatively unique within early medieval western Europe, in that both a Latin and vernacular poetic tradition existed. This session will focus on how we might go beyond shared lexis in identifying chains of influence connecting Old English poems, how Frithegod’s Breviloquium uses the 8th-century hagiographical prose text as a historical framework, and the important role of late antique Latin poetry in the composition of Anglo-Saxon literature in both Anglo-Latin and Old English.