Session1301
TitleAnglo-Saxon Riddles, III: Theorizing and Interpreting
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 16.30-18.00
 
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 1301-a Avian Pedagogies: Wondering with Birds in the Old English Riddles
(Language: English)
Michael J. Warren, Independent Scholar, Cranbrook
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Old English; Philosophy
Paper 1301-b The Map of Mise-en-page: Reading Riddle 1 as a Preface to the Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Rachel A. Burns, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Old English; Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1301-c Interpreting Slaves Words in the Exeter Book Riddles
(Language: English)
Katherine Miller, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Old English; Social History
 
AbstractThe papers in Session III consider what riddles reveal and conceal about their content. Thus, Warren analyses the relationship between knowledge and the birds of the Old English riddles, with an emphasis on wonder, transformation and resistance to identification; Miller demonstrates how a corpus-linguistic approach to interpreting terminology associated with slavery can correct biases in lexicographical resources and past translations of the riddles; and Burns examines the first 104 lines of the Exeter Book riddles, suggesting a new way of dividing the texts and proposing that they form a preface for the entire riddle series.