Session203
TitleGetting Emotional with Beowulf
Date/TimeMonday 4 July 2022: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorOxford Medieval Studies
 
OrganiserFrancis Leneghan, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
 
Moderator/ChairDaniel Thomas, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
 
Paper 203-a Beowulf and Emotional Practice
(Language: English)
Alice D. Jorgensen, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Old English; Mentalities; Social History
Paper 203-b The Surging of Water, the Surging of Feeling: The Mental Seascape in Beowulf
(Language: English)
Jacek Olesiejko, Wydział Anglistyki, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Old English; Maritime and Naval Studies; Mentalities
Paper 203-c Righteous Indignation: Beowulf's Anger Reconsidered
(Language: English)
Francis Leneghan, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Hagiography; Language and Literature - Old English; Mentalities
 
AbstractThe past decade or so has seen a surge of interest in representations of emotional states in medieval literature. Beowulf is a poem of contrasting emotions: its characters, both human and monstrous, move through a range of inner states, from melancholy and despair to joy and delight, from crippling anxiety and fear to violent rage, from wonder to horror. Papers in this session will focus on connections between oral poetry and social practice, representations of the mind as a mental sea-scape, and hagiographical contexts for the hero's anger in his combats with the monsters.