115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Old English Literature, Including Beowulf

Session Chair: 
Derek Updegraff, Azusa Pacific University
Time: 
Session 7: Saturday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Location: 
Henry 109

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Britton Brooks, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
    This paper will explore the construction and use of voice in the prose Old English Boethius. It will argue that the Old English text presents a marked transformation of the dialectic of its Latin exemplar. Whereas the Latin text tends toward the analytic and Socratic, the Old English shifts the dialectic to an intimate and interdependent dialogue of voices tightly focused on the internal, on the processes of the inner life and the workings of the mind.
  2. Stacie Vos, University of California, San Diego
    The homilist, like the poet, relies upon alliteration, meter, figurative language, and the catalog form. This paper will suggest that critical divisions between poetry and prose fail to assess the ways in which the Anglo-Saxon preacher reached his audience precisely because of his facility with poetic language.
  3. Peter Ramey, Northern State University
    Beowulf is marked by a distinctive heroic vocabulary, a semantic field that includes an expansive vocabulary for warriors and honor. By tracing out the development of this lexis in Middle English literature, this paper argues that a substratum of Old English heroic values continues to function in Middle English courtly verse, one that is never fully assimilated to French-based courtly poetry.
  4. Tom Schneider, California Baptist University
    I will describe my recent experience of writing an introduction to Beowulf for the general readership, the challenges and joys of this task, and the role of the medieval scholar in bridging the gap between academia and the shelves of a bookstore (or Amazon).
Session Cancelled: 
No