IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 732: Literary Approaches to Old English Boundary Clauses

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (CMEMS), University of Manchester
Organiser:Abigail Bleach, School of Arts Languages & Cultures University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:George Younge, Department of English & Related Literature, University of York
Paper 732-aLandscapes of Knowledge: Space, Sense, and Identity in the Exeter Riddles
(Language: English)
Amy Clark, English Department, University of California, Berkeley
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Mentalities
Paper 732-bMinding Early English Landscape: The Material Textuality of Charter Bounds
(Language: English)
Michael Bintley, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Mentalities
Paper 732-cPlaces, Landforms, and 'Counter Desecration': How Contemporary Ecopoetic Responses to Place Take the Past into the Future
(Language: English)
Dave Borthwick, School of Interdisciplinary Studies University of Glasgow
Index terms: Folk Studies, Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Other
Abstract

Generally viewed as a resource for linguists and landscape archaeologists, charter bounds represent a vast and largely untapped resource for Old English literary scholarship. By situating the bounds in relation to the wider corpus of Old English literature, this session interrogates what they reveal about (medieval and postmedieval) experiences of place and landscape. Amy Clark’s paper explores expressions of relational identity in boundary clauses and the Exeter riddles, while Mike Bintley discusses the material textuality of charter bounds. In response, Dave Borthwick considers how lost landscapes are excavated and re-imagined in the work of poets and nature writers of the 21st century.