Session201
TitleAnglo-Saxon Life Cycles, II: The Life Course as Narrative in Old English Literature
Date/TimeMonday 3 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
 
OrganiserThijs Porck, Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), Universiteit Leiden
Harriet Soper, Faculty of English, University of Oxford
 
Moderator/ChairJennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
 
Paper 201-a Continuities and Disconnections within the Life Course in Old English Poetry
(Language: English)
Harriet Soper, Faculty of English, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Old English; Literacy and Orality
Paper 201-b Youth, Age, and Dynastic History in Beowulf
(Language: English)
Francis Leneghan, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Old English; Literacy and Orality
Paper 201-c The Two Ages of St Edward the Confessor
(Language: English)
Inna Matyushina, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow / Department of English, University of Exeter
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Old English; Literacy and Orality
 
AbstractThis session is the second of three sessions that focus on the role of 'age' in relation to this year's IMC theme 'Otherness'. Paper -a discusses continuities and disconnections within representations of the life course in Old English poetry. Paper -b looks at the theme of youth and age in relation to dynastic power in Beowulf. Paper -c treats the representation of two life phases of Edward the Confessor: his youth in various literary and historiographical texts, and his old age in one of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle poems.