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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1732: Borders and Limits: Changing Views of the World in Old English and Anglo-Latin Writings, III

Thursday 9 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (KAHENHI)
Organiser:Kazutomo Karasawa, Department of English & American Literature, Komazawa University, Tokyo
Moderator/Chair:Mark Atherton, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford
Paper 1732-aBoundaries of Wisdom: Non-Narrative Poems in the Exeter Book
(Language: English)
Katie Long, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1732-b'For every thing, there is a season': The Compilation of British Library, MS Tiberius B.i.
(Language: English)
Francis Leneghan, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Old English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1732-cA Stranger at the Gate: The Liminality of St Christopher in Early Medieval England
(Language: English)
Simon Thomson, Abteilung für Anglistik I Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin

Among the three linked sessions, this third session focuses on borders and limits in the Anglo-Saxon intellectual world. The first paper examines boundaries of wisdom reflected in the Exeter Book, while the second paper discusses historical/historiographical boundaries behind the compilation of British Library Cotton Tiberius B.i. The third paper deals with the story of St Christopher and its circulation to show the boundless nature of medieval limits. It will argue that the Passio Christophori still has lessons to teach us today: that strange faces, strange places, and strange tongues are an invitation to cross our own borders and to recognise our own limitations.