Sunday, August 24, 2008

Alfredian Texts and Contexts CFP

Special Session: Alfredian Texts and Contexts

Papers are welcome on any topic related to the era of Alfred the
Great, and cross-disciplinary approaches are especially sought.
Possible areas for inquiry:
• Alfred the Great has long been regarded as both patron and
translator, even "the father of English prose." Recent scholarship
has called Alfred's literary role into question. Was Alfred a
translator, the coordinator of a group of translators, patron, or
just the beneficiary of anonymous writers—or later scribes or
historians—who wished to associate works with a prominent name?
• Are traditional datings of "Alfredian" materials right to ascribe
certain texts to Alfred's era and not others? What of works in the
visual arts, such as the Alfred Jewel or the Fuller Brooch? What
works should be newly assigned to Alfred's time or his circle, or
removed from them?
• How did developments in political and military history impinge on
visual or literary arts during the reign of Alfred?
Other approaches are welcome as well!

Please send abstract with required form (available online at http://
by September 15 to:

Nicole Guenther Discenza

Department of English
University of South Florida
4202 E Fowler Ave CPR107
Tampa FL 33620-5550
(813) 974-1887 or fax (813) 974-2270

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