IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 503: Early Medieval Riddles, I

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:The Riddle Ages
Organisers:Megan Cavell, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Megan Cavell, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
Paper 503-aQueer Things in the Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Una Creedon-Carey, Department of English, University of Toronto
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Sexuality
Paper 503-bOrdering the World in the Riddles of Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Reg. Lat. 1553
(Language: English)
Thomas Klein, Department of English & Philosophy, Idaho State University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 503-cMasculine Identity and Community in the Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Abstract

These sessions explore the Latin and Old English riddles of early medieval England and Europe, through a variety of perspectives and methodologies. Creedon-Carey explores the queer possibilities of the riddle form, animacy, and intimacy, especially in relation to Exeter Book Riddle 12. Klein discusses one collector’s choices in compiling a particular manuscript of Bern, Symphosian, and Aldhelmian riddles. And Neville examines the ways in which the heroic idiom generates a shared masculine identity in the Exeter Book riddles.