IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1148: Modern / Medieval Borders and Archives: New to Old, II

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Francesca Brooks, Department of English, King's College London
Carl Kears, Department of English, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Francesca Brooks, Department of English, King's College London
Paper 1148-aAn Ideal Aglæcwif: Translation and the Submerged Feminism of Beowulf
(Language: English)
Meghan Purvis, Independent Scholar Frenso
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Old English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Performance Arts - General
Paper 1148-b'When the written word could still hear itself speak': Kamau Brathwaite's 'Video-Style' and Medieval Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Matt Martin, Department of English & Humanities Birkbeck University of London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Performance Arts - General
Paper 1148-cThe Unstill Ones: Creative Translation as Poetic Practice
(Language: English)
Miller Oberman, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts New School in New York City
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Old English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

These sessions examine movements across and between the medieval and contemporary in poetry by bringing together researchers and practitioners. Thinking through the work and the processes that allow us to cross the temporal and physical boundaries of archives, material culture, language, and performance, these papers will discuss poetic practices that collapse distinctions between the ‘medieval’ and the ‘modern’. They will be bidirectional in thinking of the Middle Ages as not just source material, but as live material. In what ways are medieval texts changed or transformed when they are reread through modern works? Where might this thinking backwards get us?