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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1438: Mercian Studies, III: Collecting Mercian Materials - A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:A Literary History of Mercia / British Academy
Organiser:Christine Rauer, School of English, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Rachel Burns, Department of English, University College London

How extensive is pre-Conquest Mercian literary culture? What materials survive in terms of manuscripts, inscriptions, and Old English and Latin texts? Where do the difficulties lie in identifying relevant material? Which centres were the most or least productive ones? Is it possible to speak of a 'network' of Mercian authors or scribes? This round table discussion is sponsored by the collaborative Literary History of Mercia project and will focus on providing an update on the year’s work on the project. We hope to explore (or problematise) the relationship between Old English and Latin in the corpus; cultural high and low points within the period; and some comparison with other kingdoms. Members of the audience will be encouraged to join in the discussion with project staff, as we hope to pick up the larger conference theme of networks and entanglements in the varied literary landscape of Mercia.

Participants include Jessica Hodgkinson (University of Leicester / University of St Andrews), Emily Kesling (University of Oxford), Francis Leneghan (University of Oxford), Christine Rauer (University of St Andrews), and Joanna Story (University of Leicester).