IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 632: 'The boundaries of the whole world': Using Source Studies to Rethink Borders in Early Medieval English Homilies

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Sources of Old English and Anglo-Latin Literary Culture
Organiser:Stephanie Clark, Department of English, University of Oregon
Moderator/Chair:Stephanie Clark, Department of English, University of Oregon
Paper 632-aApostles without Borders: Apostleship and Pastoral Identity in Ælfric's Catholic Homilies
(Language: English)
Shannon Godlove, Division of Human Studies, Alfred University
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 632-bGender and Language: A Case Study of the 'Borders' in and between Old and Middle English Preaching Texts
(Language: English)
Amity Reading
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Middle English, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 632-cApocrypha in Early England and the Wider World
(Language: English)
Brandon W. Hawk, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Other, Sermons and Preaching
Abstract

The papers in this session demonstrate the way source studies can challenge multiple modern ways of drawing borders in Early Medieval England (EME). Examining homiletic texts, each paper engages with the placement of political or chronological borders, or boundaries between gender, race, or languages in the course of tracing relationships between medieval texts or textual ideas and the sources they draw from. Building on and moving beyond traditional source studies, these papers think critically about source studies’ methods and theories and draw in additional theoretical approaches. By so doing, they illuminate ways EME authors make meaning by interacting with, adapting, or ‘reading’ their source texts.