IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1104: Repurposing Saints in Prose from Medieval England, I

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Hagiography Society
Organisers:Niamh Kehoe, School of English, University College Cork
Luisa Ostacchini, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Francis Leneghan, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Paper 1104-aScribal Correction, Adaptation, and Representation in Ælfric's Lives of Saints
(Language: English)
Juliet Mullins, Department of English, University College Cork
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1104-bRepresenting and Repurposing Rome in Ælfric's Lives of St Sebastian and St Swithun
(Language: English)
Luisa Ostacchini, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1104-cMale Anxiety in the Life of St Cecilia: Examining England from Ælfric to Chaucer
(Language: English)
Alexa Parker, College of Arts & Sciences Illinois State University
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Middle English
Abstract

This is the first of three sessions aiming to explore how saints’ narratives were repurposed and how saints themselves were re-presented throughout medieval England. In doing so, we consider saints’ lives in Old and Middle English and/or Anglo-Latin across the borders of language, time, and place, exploring how the repurposing of hagiographic narratives can reflect wider social, political, and geographical concerns and developments. This session examines Ælfric’s hagiography in particular, from several angles: editorial and scribal practice; gender identity; and in relation to Chaucer.