IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 312: Carolingian Poetic Borders, III

Monday 6 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Organiser:Matthew Bryan Gillis, Department of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Moderator/Chair:Miriam Czock, Historisches Institut, Universit├Ąt Duisburg-Essen
Paper 312-aWalahfrid Strabo's Models for Crossing the Border between This Life and the Beyond
(Language: English)
Kathrin Henschel, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Paper 312-bThe 'Cruel Death' of Children in Carolingian Poetry
(Language: English)
Valerie Garver, Department of History, Northern Illinois University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Lay Piety
Paper 312-cWatching Danes Die: Abbo of Saint-Germain's Art of Violent Death
(Language: English)
Matthew Bryan Gillis, Department of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Abstract

Writing Latin verse was the literary form par excellence in the Carolingian world (c. 750-1000), which produced the largest body of Latin poetry since antiquity. Nevertheless, Carolingian Latin poetry remains a largely under-studied topic. These three papers consider how Carolingian poets explored the border between life and death in their works, focusing not only on theoretical modes of understanding the boundaries between the living and the dead, but also on modes of experiencing poetically a range of emotions from grief and despair at the death of beloved children to joy, mockery, and loathing at the death of enemies.