113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Beowulf and Related Topics

Session Chair: 
Stephanie Clark, University of Oregon
Time: 
Session 2: Friday 10:40am-12:10pm
Location: 
Studio Suite (PH-ET)

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Derek Updegraff, Azusa Pacific University
    This paper examines the various poetic elements of the Old English sapiential poems that rely on listing as a primary structure. The paper combines genre study with metrical analysis to show how Anglo-Saxon poets created artfully within the confinements of the verse catalogue.  
  2. Abigail Robertson, The University of New Mexico
    The bodies of saints in medieval hagiography function as a metaphysical connection between the physical and spiritual for Anglo-Saxon readers by inherently connecting bodily trauma as a means of understanding religious devotion. This paper will explore the vitae of Eugenia and Æthelthryth and the way their bodies help to construct narratives which support each of their santifications in the Anglo-Saxon world. 
  3. Kristin Noone, Irvine Valley College
    Given Neil Gaiman’s pop-culture appeal and critical acclaim, the repeated return to Beowulf in his work—the ways in which Gaiman is haunted by the poem—is worth investigating; “Bay Wolf,” the first of Gaiman’s Beowulfs, performs a complex and ultimately destabilizing exploration of genre, monstrosity, identity, and temporality.
Session Cancelled: 
No