IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1045: Borders of the Possible: Exploring Conceptual Boundaries in Old Norse-Icelandic Literature, I - Gendered Boundaries

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Old Norse Network of Otherness (ONNO)
Organiser:Rebecca Merkelbach, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca Merkelbach, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 1045-aMeinblandinn mjǫðr: Gender, Agency, and Drink in Old Norse-Icelandic Literature
(Language: English)
Ann Sheffield, Department of Chemistry, Allegheny College, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Women's Studies
Paper 1045-b'As though the wall, the hills, must melt away': Anchoritic Boundaries of Gender and Enclosure in Laxdæla saga
(Language: English)
Jessica Hancock, GCU London, Glasgow Caledonian University, London
Jessica Clare Hancock, Learning Enhancement & Development City University of London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Lay Piety
Paper 1045-cCrying on the Edge: The Borders of Gendered Emotive Behaviour in the Íslendingasögur
(Language: English)
Meritxell Risco de la Torre, School of Humanities University of Iceland Reykjavík
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Abstract

Situated in the context of new research into medieval Icelandic literature and culture that challenges long-held notions of binary opposition, this series of sessions intends to open up inquiry into the existence – or absence – and the nature (fixedness, permeability) of boundaries relating to gender, generic, and ontological transformation, the construction of identity and alterity, and geography, culture, and the natural world, as they are depicted, interrogated, problematised across Old Norse-Icelandic literature. This first session examines boundaries of gender and gendered behaviour across the corpus, showing that these boundaries are permeable, and that binary divisions cannot be upheld.