Session1101
TitleAnglo-Saxon Riddles, I: Reflecting on the Human
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
 
SponsorThe Riddle Ages
 
OrganiserMegan Cavell, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
 
Moderator/ChairMegan Cavell, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
 
Paper 1101-a Strange Parents: Sources and Analogues of the Exeter Riddles in the Berne Collection
(Language: English)
Thomas Klein, Department of English & Philosophy, Idaho State University
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Latin; Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1101-b 'Mec feonda sum feore besnyþede': Humans in the Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Erin Sebo, Department of English, Creative Writing & Australian Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide
Index Terms: Daily Life; Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1101-c 'The Place Where Men Drink': The Church as Hall in the Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Old English; Religious Life
 
AbstractThe papers in Session I analyse metaphors and depictions of humanity in Old English and Latin riddle collections. Thus, Klein discusses imagery of birth and parenthood in the under-appreciated Latin Berne riddles, as well as this collection's relationship with the poems of the Exeter Book; Sebo examines the antagonistic relationship between humans and the speaking objects of the Old English riddles; and Neville explores the intersection of secular and spiritual spaces in the Exeter Book riddles' depictions of halls.