IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 501: The Politics of Time in Anglo-Saxon England

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Joana Marie Eileen Blanquer, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Neville Mogford, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca Stephenson, School of English, Drama & Film, University College Dublin
Paper 501-aQuotidian Time in Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture
(Language: English)
Neville Mogford, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Science
Paper 501-bThe Collective Stream of Consciousness: Creating the Ancestral Community in Beowulf
(Language: English)
Joana Marie Eileen Blanquer, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Literacy and Orality, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Science
Paper 501-cTemporal and Eternal Kingship in Beowulf and Andreas
(Language: English)
Francis Leneghan, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Political Thought
Abstract

Time was an important, and often politicised, element of learned discourse – to the extent that even a figure such as Bede could be accused of heretical dating – but its wider cultural significance in Anglo-Saxon England has gone largely undiscussed. This session focuses on the agendas behind the cultural representation of time, as well as on the role of this discourse in the construction of cultural identities and affiliations. By considering both ‘external’ themes such as routine, community, and observed time alongside such ‘internal’ concepts as perception, memory, and the workings of time in the mind, this session hopes to serve as a springboard for further research on the topic.