International Congress on Medieval Studies
Kalamazoo, MI, 12-15 May, 2016
CFP: Studies in the Hêliand
The Hêliand, a ninth century Old Saxon poetic retelling of Tatian's Gospel harmony, the Diatessaron, constitutes the chief surviving linguistic evidence for the Old Saxon Language. It is also a remarkable piece of literature; the poet adapts the traditional Germanic line into a form appropriate for the Gospel and adapts the Gospel itself to a new Germanic context. This text, remarkable for its historic, theological, linguistic, and literary value, has received relatively little attention from English language writers. To date, scholars have published only two English language monographs and one article collection on the poem.