Session101
TitleAnglo-Saxon Life Cycles, I: Medical Perspectives on Ageing, Gender, and Physical Change
Date/TimeMonday 3 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserThijs Porck, Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), Universiteit Leiden
Harriet Soper, Faculty of English, University of Oxford
 
Moderator/ChairGale Owen-Crocker, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Manchester
 
Paper 101-a Young Dancers, Old Spinsters: The Ages of Man and the Ages of Woman in Early Medieval England
(Language: English)
Thijs Porck, Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), Universiteit Leiden
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Old English; Learning (The Classical Inheritance); Medicine
Paper 101-b Treating Age in Anglo-Saxon Medical Texts
(Language: English)
Jacqueline Fay, Department of English, University of Texas, Arlington
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Old English; Medicine
Paper 101-c 'Stæppe þonne þríwa ofer þá byrgenne': Images of Life and Death in Early Medieval Obstretic Incantations
(Language: English)
Karel Fraaije, Department of English Language & Literature, University College London
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Comparative; Medicine
 
AbstractThis session is the first of three sessions that focus on the role of 'age' in relation to this year's IMC theme 'Otherness'. Paper -a provides an overview of the Ages of Man tradition in the writings and art of Anglo-Saxon England, before calling attention to a unique depiction of a fourfold division of life featuring women. Paper -b addresses the degree to which age is a factor in Anglo-Saxon medical texts. Paper-c reviews Anglo-Saxon charms for childbirth within the context of other early Germanic obstetric incantations