Session102
TitleCognitive Approaches to Old and Middle English Literature
Date/TimeMonday 3 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserKatrina M. Wilkins, Department of English & Foreign Languages, McNeese State University, Louisiana
 
Moderator/ChairMarilina Cesario, School of Arts, English & Languages, Queen's University Belfast
 
Paper 102-a Representation of the Mind as Body in Ælfric and beyond
(Language: English)
Eleni Ponirakis, Department of English Language & Literature, University College London
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Old English; Mentalities; Sermons and Preaching
Paper 102-b Legal Language in Langland
(Language: English)
Jacqueline Cordell, School of English, University of Nottingham
Index Terms: Computing in Medieval Studies; Language and Literature - Middle English; Law
Paper 102-c Relational Deixis and Characterization in Ælfric's Esther
(Language: English)
Katrina M. Wilkins, Department of English & Foreign Languages, McNeese State University, Louisiana
Index Terms: Biblical Studies; Language and Literature - Old English
 
AbstractSince the mid-20th century, the so-called 'cognitive turn' has deeply influenced many academic fields. Yet, despite more than 50 years of cognition-focused research, the cognitive perspective is just beginning to emerge as a viable tool for the interpretation of medieval literature. The papers in this session examine Old and Middle English texts from a cognitive perspective, drawing on fields such as psychology, neuroscience, and literary linguistics in their analyses. Such a cognitive approach is doubly useful, offering not only a new perspective from which to understand the cognition of cultures temporally distant from our own, but also evidence of the diachronic development of human cognition.