Anglo-Saxon Predecessors and Precedents:Early English Engagements with Old English Culture and Literature

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Jay Paul Gates
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49th International Medieval Congress
May 8-11, 2014
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

This panel seeks to build on recent work addressing matters of psychology (Lockett, 2011), nostalgia (Trilling, 2009), and the effects of conquest in the Anglo-Saxon and post-Conquest periods (Treharne, 2012). Submissions are invited considering matters of how individuals living in the late tenth through thirteenth centuries engaged with the cultural authorities / authorizing culture of the Anglo-Saxons. How did individuals such as poets, artists, scribes, ecclesiasts, and legists, as well as institutions such as the church and the crown consciously draw upon their Anglo-Saxon predecessors for rhetorical purposes and, in the process, develop sophisticated responses to social, cultural, and linguistic change?

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short CV by September 15, 2014, to