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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 112: Carolingian Poetic Borders, I

Monday 6 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Organiser:Matthew Bryan Gillis, Department of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Moderator/Chair:Irene van Renswoude, Huygens ING, Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Amsterdam / Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 112-aStrabo and the Borders of Poetic Propriety: Further Thoughts on the De imagine Tetrici
(Language: English)
Andrew Romig, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Paper 112-bEchoes of Ermoldus in Walahfrid's De imagine Tetrici
(Language: English)
Robert Smith, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 112-cFranks, Romans, Pagani: 'National' Identity in the Poems of Ermoldus Nigellus
(Language: English)
Carey Fleiner, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin

Writing Latin verse was the literary form par excellence in the Carolingian world (c. 750-1000), which produced the largest body of Latin poetry since antiquity. Nevertheless, Carolingian Latin poetry remains a largely under-studied topic. This session brings together papers concerning two premier poets from the reign of Louis the Pious, Walahfrid Strabo, and Ermoldus Nigellus, whose writings described the political and military might of the Frankish empire at its height. The papers presented here examine how these poets reinforced and policed borders of identity, Christian morality and literary propriety in their works, while simultaneously transgressing literary boundaries poetically and intertextually to achieve their ends.