IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1151: Early Medieval English in the Modern Age, II: Engaging with Old English in the 21st Century

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Rachel Fletcher, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Thijs Porck, Centre for the Arts in Society, Universiteit Leiden
Moderator/Chair:Oliver M. Traxel, Institutt for kultur- og språkvitenskap, Universitetet i Stavanger
Paper 1151-aDirect Medievalism in Canada: Some Contemporary Poets and Their Engagement with Old English and Old Norse
(Language: English)
M. Jane Toswell, Department of English, University of Western Ontario
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1151-bAt the Threshold of the Inarticulate: 'Made-up' Englishes in Action
(Language: English)
Judy Kendall, School of Arts & Media, University of Salford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1151-cFrom Alienation to Familiarisation?: On the Didactic Use of Old English in Modern TV Series
(Language: English)
Gabriele Knappe, Institut für Anglistik & Amerikanistik Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

This is the second of two sessions on ‘Early Medieval English in the Modern Age: Old English across Temporal Borders’, which focusses on how scholars, poets, and literary authors have studied, translated, and recreated Old English since 1500. Paper-a surveys recent literary translations and adaptations of Old English and Old Norse poetry by three Canadian poets. Paper-b reviews the use of post-medieval ‘made-up’ Old Englishes in literary works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Paper-c considers the didactic value of Old English dialogues in such TV series as Vikings (2013-) and Merlin (2008-2012).