“Lords and Retainers in the Old English Genesis A, Andreas, and Advent Lyrics”

You are invited to the next presentation in the ACMRS Scholar Series:

“Lords and Retainers in the Old English Genesis A, Andreas, and Advent Lyrics”

Presented by Heather Maring, Asst. Professor of English,
ASU Department of English

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About the Program
The Old English Maxims II proclaims, “cyning sceal on healle / beagas dælan” (28b-29a; “a king must distribute rings in the hall”) and “treow sceal on eorle” (32b; “a retainer must be loyal”). The iconic notion of a martial lord exchanging wealth for a retainer’s loyalty unto death has been canonized in respected scholarly companions to Old English verse, but it has not been explored as an oral-connected theme. This lecture describes the recurring motifs of a lord-retainer theme and explores how those motifs are used to characterize the relationship between Christ and Christians.

About Heather Maring
Heather Maring received the M.F.A. in creative writing from the Writer’s Workshop, University of Iowa (1999), and the Ph.D. in English with dual emphases in medieval literature and creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia (2005). At UMC she wrote two dissertations: one on poetics in the Old English "The Dream of the Rood" and the Middle English "Pearl"; the other a collection of poems. In her medieval research, she explores the way that early English poems draw upon oral, literary, and ritual forms of signification for their meaning. She has published articles in Oral Tradition, The Midwestern Modern Language Association Journal, English Studies, and Studies in Philology.

Her poems have appeared in The Southeast Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and other journals. From 2001-2006 she was an editorial assistant and managing editor at the journal Oral Tradition. She recently served as a contributing editor on UNESCO’s project to create a Manual on Oral Traditions and Expressions, which is distributed to government agencies, communities, and others interested in protecting and honoring the many living oral traditions worldwide.

She facilitates the weekly Old English reading group at the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (acmrs.org). She also organizes the biennial Beowulf Symposium (english.clas.asu.edu/beowulf).

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Part of the ACMRS Scholar Series

Lattie F. Coor Hall, Room 4403, ASU Tempe Campus