Session Title

The Secret Lives of Proverbs: Considering the Intersection of Sentential Material and Meta-Sentential Contexts (A Panel Discussion)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Early Proverb Society (EPS)

Organizer Name

Karl Arthur Erik Persson

Organizer Affiliation

Signum Univ.

Presider Name

Karl Arthur Erik Persson

Paper Title 1

Panelist

Presenter 1 Name

Tristan Sharp

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Newman Theological College

Paper Title 2

Panelist

Presenter 2 Name

Rolf H. Bremmer, Jr.

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. Leiden

Paper Title 3

An Old English Sapiential Analogue to Njals Saga

Presenter 3 Name

Thomas D. Hill

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Cornell Univ.

Paper Title 4

Panelist

Presenter 4 Name

Tiffany Beechy

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Colorado-Boulder

Paper Title 5

Panelist

Presenter 5 Name

Curtis Gruenler

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Hope College

Paper Title 6

Panelist

Presenter 6 Name

Daniel Anlezark

Presenter 6 Affiliation

Univ. of Sydney

Start Date

13-5-2016 3:30 PM

Session Location

Valley II Garneau Lounge

Description

In studies of medieval wisdom, critics tend to fall into one of two camps. Some, such as Shippey, Hansen, and Bloomfield, follow the lead of Biblical wisdom scholars, broadly defining wisdom as a cultural interface for a complex dance of pragmatic and theoretical concerns, often marked by though not strictly defined by the inclusion of paremial units and sentential materials. Others, such as Deskis, Cavill, and Whiting, have preferred to restrict their studies to sayings distinctly exhibiting a predetermined set of paremial markers. Both methods have produced remarkable results in their proper spheres, but the premise of this panel is that further fruitful discoveries will be made by bringing the best of each of these approaches into conversation with the best of the other. For those with a more paremiological proclivity, this will mean considering individual sentences as actors against the backdrop of a larger meta-sentential tapestry, whether this be religious, philosophical, metaphysical, psychological, or material. For those preferring a broader definition of wisdom, it will mean locating a particular paremial instance (or instances) as an instantiation of or actor within such discourses. Grounded in the premise of the scholarly fruitfulness of such dialogue and collaboration, this panel discussion invites each panelist to answer the following question through brief consideration of a particular case study in his or her field: What are the discursive mechanics of the way(s) medieval proverbs navigate the social imaginaries implicit in the texts and contexts that are their media?

Karl A. E. Persson

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May 13th, 3:30 PM

The Secret Lives of Proverbs: Considering the Intersection of Sentential Material and Meta-Sentential Contexts (A Panel Discussion)

Valley II Garneau Lounge

In studies of medieval wisdom, critics tend to fall into one of two camps. Some, such as Shippey, Hansen, and Bloomfield, follow the lead of Biblical wisdom scholars, broadly defining wisdom as a cultural interface for a complex dance of pragmatic and theoretical concerns, often marked by though not strictly defined by the inclusion of paremial units and sentential materials. Others, such as Deskis, Cavill, and Whiting, have preferred to restrict their studies to sayings distinctly exhibiting a predetermined set of paremial markers. Both methods have produced remarkable results in their proper spheres, but the premise of this panel is that further fruitful discoveries will be made by bringing the best of each of these approaches into conversation with the best of the other. For those with a more paremiological proclivity, this will mean considering individual sentences as actors against the backdrop of a larger meta-sentential tapestry, whether this be religious, philosophical, metaphysical, psychological, or material. For those preferring a broader definition of wisdom, it will mean locating a particular paremial instance (or instances) as an instantiation of or actor within such discourses. Grounded in the premise of the scholarly fruitfulness of such dialogue and collaboration, this panel discussion invites each panelist to answer the following question through brief consideration of a particular case study in his or her field: What are the discursive mechanics of the way(s) medieval proverbs navigate the social imaginaries implicit in the texts and contexts that are their media?

Karl A. E. Persson