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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1345: Borders of the Possible: Exploring Conceptual Boundaries in Old Norse-Icelandic Literature, IV - Geography and the Natural World

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Old Norse Network of Otherness (ONNO)
Organiser:Rebecca Merkelbach, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Jessica Clare Hancock, Learning Enhancement & Development City University of London
Paper 1345-aThe Northern Border of Legendary Scandinavia in København, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, AM 589f 4to
(Language: English)
Alisa Valpola-Walker, Department of Anglo-Saxon Norse & Celtic University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1345-bThe Skald Abroad: Fiction and Reality in the Travels of Bjǫrn Hítdælakappi
(Language: English)
Matthew Firth, College of Humanities Arts & Social Sciences Flinders University Adelaide
Index terms: Folk Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1345-cThe Natural World in Old Icelandic Religious Literature
(Language: English)
Tiffany White, Department of Scandinavian, University of California, Berkeley
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Theology

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 final session turns to geographical boundaries and the natural world, examining how they are imagined across genres, and how contact with different cultures is depicted.