IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 322: Old Norse Myth and Materiality, II: Humanity and Materiality

Monday 1 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Pete Sandberg, Institut for Kultur og Samfund, Aarhus Universitet
Declan Taggart, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen
Moderator/Chair:Declan Taggart, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen
Paper 322-aWit and Weaponry: Freyr's Sword and the Abandonment of Wisdom in Skírnismál
(Language: English)
Alicia Maddalena, Department of English & Related Literature, University of York
Alicia Maddalena, Department of English & Related Literature, University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Pagan Religions
Paper 322-bBetween Soul and Body: The Concept of Hamr
(Language: English)
Marie Novotná, Fakulta humanitních studií, Univerzita Karlova, Praha
Marie Novotná, Fakulta humanitních studií, Univerzita Karlova, Praha
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Pagan Religions
Paper 322-cArt, Vomit, and Bees: The Mead of Poetry and the Materiality of Verbal Art in Old Norse Myth
(Language: English)
Pete Sandberg, Institut for Kultur og Samfund, Aarhus Universitet
Pete Sandberg, Institut for Kultur og Samfund, Aarhus Universitet
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Pagan Religions
Abstract

This is the second of two sessions on materiality in Old Norse myth. These sessions examine aspects of the mythological narratives preserved in the literature and material culture of medieval Scandinavia, focusing on the grounding of myth in the encounter with the material world. The second session has a particular focus on the relationship between human and material as presented in mythic narrative. These papers examine the construction of the human through and among materials, considering relationships between human and material qualities, the (im)material nature and form of the body, and the material and economic conceptualization of Old Norse poetry.