IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 601: Alfredian Voices, II: Alfredian Audiences

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Amy Faulkner, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Francis Leneghan, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Paper 601-aThe Alfredian Canon as 'Text-Bodies': A Materialist Approach
(Language: English)
Georgina Pitt, Faculty of Arts, University of Western Australia
Georgina Pitt, Faculty of Arts, University of Western Australia
Georgina Pitt, Faculty of Arts, University of Western Australia
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Language and Literature - Old English, Lay Piety, Political Thought
Paper 601-bRethinking Law Writing: Alfred’s Domboc in Legal and Literary Context
(Language: English)
Anya Adair, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Sydney
Anya Adair, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Sydney
Anya Adair, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Sydney
Paper 601-cBoethius and King Alfred: Poetry and Prose
(Language: English)
Inna Matyushina, Department of English, University of Exeter
Inna Matyushina, Department of English, University of Exeter
Inna Matyushina, Department of English, University of Exeter
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Lay Piety, Political Thought, Religious Life
Abstract

The past decade has witnessed a major re-assessment of the writings and material culture 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. The three papers in this session explore the audiences and contexts for a number of different Alfredian texts, from legal writing to philosophy.