Session1201
TitleAnglo-Saxon Riddles, II: Riddling Nature, Riddling Gender
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorThe Riddle Ages
 
OrganiserMegan Cavell, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
Jennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
 
Moderator/ChairJennifer Neville, Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London
 
Paper 1201-a Of Wolves and Women: An Ecofeminist Reading of Some Exeter Book Riddles and Short Poems
(Language: English)
Megan Cavell, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Old English; Women's Studies
Paper 1201-b Gender as Hyperobject in the Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Heide Estes, Department of English, Monmouth University, New Jersey
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Old English; Women's Studies
Paper 1201-c Nature, Women, and the Heroic Culture of the Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Corinne Dale, King's College London
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Old English; Women's Studies
 
AbstractThe papers in session II explore the Othering of the natural world through ecocritical readings informed by feminist scholarship and theory. Thus, Cavell examines the depiction of predation, (non-)humanity and gender in several enigmatic poems from the Exeter Book; Estes analyses gender in the Old English riddles through the lens of object-oriented ontology; and Dale addresses the place of both women and the natural world in the heroic ethos of the Exeter Book riddles.