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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1511: Stranger Things, I: Interpreting the Uncanny

Thursday 4 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Kaan Vural Gorman, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Geoffrey Humble, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Rose A. Sawyer, School of History / School of English, University of Leeds
Paper 1511-aA Sorcerer's Handbook: Sakkaki's 13th-Century Arabic Book of Magic
(Language: English)
Emily Selove, Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
Index terms: Bibliography, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Other, Science
Paper 1511-bBuried Power, Rising Faith: Religious Anxiety in Laxdæla saga
(Language: English)
Suzanne Valentine, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Index terms: Folk Studies, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Women's Studies
Paper 1511-cHistoriographical Handling of Monstrous Births in the European Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Hans-Christian Lehner, Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung (IKGF), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Index terms: Science, Theology
Paper 1511-dNew Items from the Lakes and Seas: A Mongol-Era Chinese Strange Tale Collection between Canon and Context
(Language: English)
Geoffrey Humble, Department of History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Rhetoric, Social History

This session interrogates the placement of medieval texts on the uncanny and supernatural within their intellectual, religious, and social contexts, during and since medieval composition, tracing the edges of the canonical and acceptable. Emily Selove exposes the problematic isolation of al-Sakkaki's 13th-century handbook of practical magic from his other works. Suzanne Valentine analyses imagery of problematic uncanny female power exposed in Laxdæla saga. H.C. Lehner exposes shifting allegorical and scientific readings of monstrous human births. Geoff Humble interrogates the narrative and moralistic effect of the addition of framing editorial comment to tales in a 14th-century Chinese Zhiguai (anomaly tales) collection.