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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 540: 'The Water Is Wide': Creating, Imagining, and Navigating Water in Old English and Old French Texts

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Leonie V. Hicks, Department of History and American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca Tyson, Department of History, University of Bristol
Paper 540-aThe Wave-Tossed Course of Time: Deep Seas as Generative Space in Early Medieval England
(Language: English)
Michael Bintley, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Maritime and Naval Studies
Paper 540-bWatery Crossings: Imaginative and Practical Voyages across the British Archipelago
(Language: English)
Laura Bailey, Department of English Language & Literature, King's College London
Index terms: Daily Life, Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Maritime and Naval Studies
Paper 540-cWace, Water, and Movement
(Language: English)
Leonie V. Hicks, Department of History and American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Abstract

This session examines various bodies of water in Old English and Old French texts including poetry, chronicles, romances, and charter bounds, alongside landscape evidence, in order to examine how ideas and representations regarding the significance of water were created, imagined, and navigated in early-central medieval Britain and Normandy. Paper -a focuses on the deep sea, Paper-b on representations of maritime travel and Paper -c on water as an actor in the wider landscape. All papers consider the link between the mental constructs and physical experiences of water, and the theoretical frameworks medievalists can use to untangle these concepts.