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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 301: Early Medieval Riddles, II

Monday 3 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

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:Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Paper 301-aModdor monigra cynna: Motherhood in the Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Kayla Shea, Department of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 301-bSexual Riddles, Spiritual Readings: Thematic Links and Double Entendre in the Enigmata of Tatwine
(Language: English)
Alexandra Zhirnova, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Sexuality, Theology
Paper 301-cA Hairy Woman Gives Birth to a Bald Child…: Eggs, Birds, and (Mostly) Early Medieval West Eurasian Riddles
(Language: English)
Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative

These sessions explore the Early Medieval riddle tradition across a variety of languages, including Arabic, Hebrew, Latin, and Old English. Papers address a range of riddling themes, including: familial relationships, sound and word play, and multilayered interpretation.