IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 749: The Texture of Performance: A Material-Cultural Approach to the Performance of Old Norse Poetry

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Old Norse Poetry in Performance
Organiser:Annemarie Ferreira, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:William Brockbank, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Paper 749-aPerformance and Legitimacy: Towards a Methodology for Practice-Based Research in Early Medieval Literary Scholarship
(Language: English)
Brian McMahon, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Brian McMahon, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Brian McMahon, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Performance Arts - General, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 749-bResonating Recitals: The Archaeoacoustics of Timber Halls in Early Medieval Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Annemarie Ferreira, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Annemarie Ferreira, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Annemarie Ferreira, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Performance Arts - General
Abstract

This session seeks to employ the elastic concept of ‘material’ as a central theme through which speakers may draw together two distinct approaches to research surrounding Old Norse poetic performance practice, these being ‘performance-led’ and ‘performance-based’ respectively. Papers will both examine the material surroundings of performance (such as location and costume) in investigating the role that such materials play in performance contexts, and examine performance itself as material in exploring, for example, vocal acoustics and physical movement in re-imagined ‘performance-scapes’. This holistic, material-centred approach contributes to a deeper understanding of subjects as varied as Viking Age architecture and ritual psychology.