IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1601: Alfredian Voices, I: Revoicing Gregory, Augustine, and Boethius

Thursday 5 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Francis Leneghan, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Francis Leneghan, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Paper 1601-aThe Middle-Most Man: Calcidius's Latin Commentary in the Alfredian Boethius
(Language: English)
Karmen Lenz, Department of English, Middle Georgia State University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Philosophy
Paper 1601-bThe Old English Soliloquies: The Soul's Memory of the Earthly Life
(Language: English)
Amy Faulkner, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin, Lay Piety, Political Thought
Paper 1601-cVoicing Wonder in Alfredian Dialogues
(Language: English)
Nicole Guenther Discenza, Department of English, University of South Florida
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Rhetoric
Abstract

The past decade has witnessed a major re-assessment of the writings associated with King Alfred. With the centuries-old consensus that Alfred was himself the ‘father’ of English prose now in doubt, the time is ripe for scholars to rethink – and rewrite – the literary history of late-9th and early-10th century Anglo-Saxon England. This session explores Alfredian revoicings of works by Gregory, Augustine, and Boethius. Individual papers will address the sources, content, and structure of the Old English Dialogues, Boethius, and Soliloquies.