'Passing from Winter into Winter Again': Ecocritical Approaches and Old English Poetry and Prose

deadline for submissions: 
March 25, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Susan M. Kim and Heide Estes / Old English Forum, Modern Language Association
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'Passing from Winter into Winter Again': Ecocritical Approaches and Old English Poetry and Prose
Bede’s famous sparrow in the hall moves from winter to winter, with only a brief period of safety and warmth indoors: climate is represented as a winter briefly and unsuccessfully defended against by the architecture of human civilization. As recent work in ecocriticism has emphasized, early Medieval England represented understanding of the environment well beyond such a paradigm, as is evident in texts ranging from the heroic poetry and elegies to the Wonders of the East to the medicinal recipes, the riddles, and the lives of the saints. This session seeks engagement with ecocriticism and with representation of weather, climate, and the environment in Old English literature. Please send a 300-word abstract and a short bio to Susan Kim (smkim2@ilstu.edu<mailto:smkim2@ilstu.edu>) or Heide Estes (hestes@monmouth.edu<mailto:hestes@monmouth.edu>) by March 25.