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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 502: Literary Linguistic Approaches to Old and Middle English Texts

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Katrina Wilkins, School of English, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Judith Kaup, Englisches Seminar, Universität zu Köln
Paper 502-aComparison of Subjectivity between The Romaunt of the Rose and the French Source with Special Reference to Cuidier
(Language: English)
Tomoko Iwakuni, Graduate School of Letters, Hiroshima University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 502-bDo It Yourself: Manipulating Audience Perceptions in Beowulf and Exodus
(Language: English)
Mary Ward, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 502-cVariations in the Use of 'Listen' among the Earliest Manuscripts and Printed Editions of The Canterbury Tales
(Language: English)
Hideshi Ohno, Department of English Philology & Stylistics, Hiroshima University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Printing History

Since the mid-20th century, literary linguistics has established itself as a flourishing and productive academic field. Work in the field has provided insight into literature - its production, reception, and interpretation - while also prompting modifications to existing linguistic theories, prompting changes to account for language that occurs in literature but may not occur in everyday communication. Recently, literary linguistics has begun to emerge as a viable tool for analyzing medieval texts, inspiring monographs (e.g., Antonina Harbus, Cognitive Approaches to Old English Poetry, 2012) and symposia. This session considers Old English and Middle English texts from a literary linguistic perspective, covering topics as diverse as audience perceptions, the manuscript and printing history of The Canterbury Tales, and the translation of cuidier in The Romaunt of the Rose. The session will shed light on the language and literature of the Old English and Middle English periods, as well as the diachronic development of language and literature in the English language more broadly.