IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1632: Borders and Limits: Changing Views of the World in Old English and Anglo-Latin Writings, II

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (KAHENHI)
Organiser:Kazutomo Karasawa, Department of English & American Literature, Komazawa University, Tokyo
Moderator/Chair:Francis Leneghan, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Paper 1632-aMingled Aurality: The Blurred Borders of Animate and Inanimate Soundscapes
(Language: English)
Britton Elliott Brooks, Faculty of English, University of Oxford
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1632-bUncanny Cannibals: Mirror Images of East and West in the World of the Old English Andreas
(Language: English)
Irena Berovic, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1632-cNew Jerusalems: Blurring the Boundaries of Heaven and Earth in Hagiography
(Language: English)
Helen Appleton, Balliol College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin
Abstract

Among the three linked sessions, this second session focuses on blurring borders on coming to terms with the world and its phenomena. The first paper deals with the representation of sound both human and non-human and problems of perception and identification. The second paper distinguishes different kinds of monsters in the East and argues that the Mermedonians in Andreas represent Anglo-Saxon society in a degenerate spiritual state, which requires the water of baptism for its redemption. The third paper problematises the blurred boundaries between heaven and earth in a variety of early medieval English hagiographic texts.