IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 851: Comparative Studies of Medieval England and Iceland, II: Literary Genres

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Rebecca Drake, Department of English & Related Literature University of York
Moderator/Chair:Katharine Marlow, Department of History Durham University
Paper 851-aImagining Islands: The Enchanted Lands of Arthur in Old Norse-Icelandic Romance
(Language: English)
Maj-Britt Frenze, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 851-bShips and Sailing in Middle English Romance and Old Norse-Icelandic Fornaldarsögur
(Language: English)
Rebecca Drake, Department of English & Related Literature University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Maritime and Naval Studies
Paper 851-cGesta Herewardi and Saga Literature: Mixed Modality in Historical Romance
(Language: English)
Timothy Rowbotham, Centre for Medieval Studies / Department of English & Related Literature, University of York
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Abstract

Growing interest in comparative approaches to studying medieval England and Iceland drives this session to consider the purpose of comparative studies of literature across borders from the early to late Middle Ages. Our primary question is, what can we learn about medieval English and Icelandic literature through comparison? Therefore, we seek to understand how literary traditions crossed the Atlantic and the ties that enabled the exchange of literary ideas, as well as how differing natural, social and cultural landscapes of England and Iceland gave rise to different approaches to genres of medieval literature.