112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Beowulf and Related Topics

Session Chair: 
Kristin Noone, Irvine Valley College
Session 7: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 1


  1. Marijane Osborn, University of California, Davis
    The eighth-century carved whalebone box called the Franks Casket contains a coded runic reference to a being named Erta (or Yerta) in an inscription framing an intriguing series of picture. This paper explores the possibility that this Erta figure may bear some correspondence to the cave-giant Yorda inhabiting the Yorkshire landscape where we lived. The names appear cognate (see proposal) and Yorda’s role as local cave-monster may be a debased form of Erta’s role as guardian of the entrance to the Other World.
  2. Robert Briggs, University of Nottingham (UK)
    This paper seeks to highlight and explain the lexical and thematic connections between works of Old English heroic poetry, notably Beowulf, and a Late Anglo-Saxon estate boundary description for Battersea in what is now south-west London, suggesting authors of such "functional" prose not only had knowledge of such verse, but actively sought to emulate it in their own use of language.
  3. Brett Diaz, California State University, San Bernardino
    This paper understands Beowulf as a work of adaptation, and subsequent uses of the work as forms of appropriation.  The paper seeks to interpret the role and depictions of Selma, a new character introduced by Sturla Gunnarsson's 2005 film, within the Beowulf universe compared to other females in previous iterations.
Session Cancelled: