Verbal Encounters: Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse Studies for Roberta Frank

By Antonina Harbus and Russell Poole

© 2005

Due to conquests and colonialism through the centuries, it is not unusual for languages and cultures to be influenced by other, foreign languages and cultures. The modern English language, for example, owes many of its words to Old Norse and Latin, debts dating from contacts made during the Middle Ages. Verbal Encounters is a collection of papers on the cultural and linguistic exchange in Old Norse, Old English, and medieval Latin literature written in honour of Roberta Frank, former University Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.

The essays feature new scholarship in the field, on topics such as the integral position of Anglo-Latin within Anglo-Saxon culture and literature, constructions of feminine strength and effectiveness in Anglo-Saxon literature, the rise of Latin-based learning in twelfth-century Iceland, medieval Icelandic religious poetry, and the conversion to Christianity in medieval Scandinavia.

The essays in Verbal Encounters are not merely a fitting tribute to Roberta Frank, but also strong contributions to current scholarship on medieval literature and culture.

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The essays in Verbal Encounters are not merely a fitting tribute to Roberta Frank, but also strong contributions to current scholarship on medieval literature and culture.

Verbal Encounters: Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse Studies for Roberta Frank

By Antonina Harbus and Russell Poole

© 2005

Due to conquests and colonialism through the centuries, it is not unusual for languages and cultures to be influenced by other, foreign languages and cultures. The modern English language, for example, owes many of its words to Old Norse and Latin, debts dating from contacts made during the Middle Ages. Verbal Encounters is a collection of papers on the cultural and linguistic exchange in Old Norse, Old English, and medieval Latin literature written in honour of Roberta Frank, former University Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.

The essays feature new scholarship in the field, on topics such as the integral position of Anglo-Latin within Anglo-Saxon culture and literature, constructions of feminine strength and effectiveness in Anglo-Saxon literature, the rise of Latin-based learning in twelfth-century Iceland, medieval Icelandic religious poetry, and the conversion to Christianity in medieval Scandinavia.

The essays in Verbal Encounters are not merely a fitting tribute to Roberta Frank, but also strong contributions to current scholarship on medieval literature and culture.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.2in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘A high standard of scholarly excellence is maintained throughout in this impressive and beautifully edited collection of essays. It is an entirely fitting tribute to the work of Roberta Frank.’


    Thomas N. Hall, Department of English, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Author Information

    Antonina Harbus is a lecturer in the Department of English at Macquarie University.



    Russell Poole is a professor emeritus of the Department of English at the University of Western Ontario and the managing editor of the journal Viking and Medieval Scandinavia.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction
    Roberta Frank Biography, 1970-2003

    Part I - On Words

    1. Early Medieval Chaos, Christopher A. Jones
    2. Composing and Joining: How the Anglo-Saxons Talked About Compounding, Don Chapman
    3. Cennan, 'to Cause to be Born'/'To Cause to Know':Incarnation as Revelation on Old English Literature, Pauline Head
    4. Pride, Courage, and Anger: The Polysemousness of Old English Mod, Vicki Low

    Part II - On Latin and Old English Prose

    5. Desipere in loco: Style, Memory, and the Teachable Moment, Carin Ruff
    6. Courtroom Drama and the Homiletic monologues of The Vercelli Book, Dorothy Haines

    Part III - On Old English Poetry

    7. Him þæs Grim lean Becom: The theme of Infertility in Genesis A, Karin Olsen
    8. Odd Characters: Runes in Old English Poetry, Robert DiNapoli
    9. Articulate Contact in Juliana, Antonina Harbus

    Part IV - On Beowulf

    10. The Education of Beowulf and the Affair of the Leisure Class, Haruko Momma
    11. Beowulf's Dark Thoughts: Beowulf in a Wisdom Context, Ruth Wehlau

    Part V - On Old Norse Literature

    12. The Refracted Beam: Einarr Skulason's Liturgical Theology, Martin Chase
    13. Beardless Wonders: Gaman vas Soxu: The Sex was Great, Oren Falk
    14. Prophetic Dreams and Visions in the Sagas of the Early Icelandic Saints, Bernadine McCreesch
    15. Claiming Kin Skaldic-Style, Russell Poole

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