Session Title

Medieval Responses to the Sounds of Animals

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville

Organizer Name

Mary Dzon

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville

Presider Name

Rachel May Golden

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville

Paper Title 1

The Music of the Hive

Presenter 1 Name

Emily O'Brock

Presenter 1 Affiliation

New York Univ.

Paper Title 2

Silence and Songs of Worms in Old and Middle English Poetry

Presenter 2 Name

Heather Maring

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Arizona State Univ.

Paper Title 3

Articulate Lions and Dogs: Depicting the Polyglot, Dangerous Donestre in the Wonders of the East Illustrations

Presenter 3 Name

Rachel Hanks

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Notre Dame

Paper Title 4

Response

Presenter 4 Name

Mo Pareles

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of British Columbia

Start Date

10-5-2020 8:30 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1255

Description

Children today enjoy learning the sounds made by different animals, which are often captured by onomatopoetic words. Medieval scholars similarly seem to have been fascinated by the sounds of animals, which they apparently took delight in capturing and impersonating in Latin and the vernaculars and also in music. Further, some medieval thinkers expressed curiosity about whether animal sounds, like their bodily movements, signified emotions and desires, intentionally or not, and constituted a language that could be directed at humans and even the Creator, not just at other animals. Building upon recent work by Alison Langdon and Elizabeth Leach, this session seeks to explore the representation and interpretation of animal sounds within various fields of medieval culture, such as music, literature, religious life, and philosophy, and possibly also art. Mary Dzon

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May 10th, 8:30 AM

Medieval Responses to the Sounds of Animals

Schneider 1255

Children today enjoy learning the sounds made by different animals, which are often captured by onomatopoetic words. Medieval scholars similarly seem to have been fascinated by the sounds of animals, which they apparently took delight in capturing and impersonating in Latin and the vernaculars and also in music. Further, some medieval thinkers expressed curiosity about whether animal sounds, like their bodily movements, signified emotions and desires, intentionally or not, and constituted a language that could be directed at humans and even the Creator, not just at other animals. Building upon recent work by Alison Langdon and Elizabeth Leach, this session seeks to explore the representation and interpretation of animal sounds within various fields of medieval culture, such as music, literature, religious life, and philosophy, and possibly also art. Mary Dzon