Daniel Anlezark, senior lecturer, University of Sydney (Australia)
Anlezark works in Old English language and literature. He is particularly interested in the literary reception of the Bible and the literature of classical antiquity by the Anglo-Saxons. His book, Water and Fire: The Myth of the Flood in Anglo-Saxon England (2006), examines the literary reception of the biblical flood in a range of Anglo-Saxon texts, from Bede’s commentaries to Beowulf. He published an edition of The Dialogues of Solomon and Saturn (2009), a group of highly idiosyncratic Old English dialogues involving King Solomon and the pagan god Saturn. His analysis places the texts in the medieval dialogue tradition and explores their relationships with the riddling tradition, Anglo-Saxon homilies, and other poetry. He is also interested in the relationship between Old English and Old Norse literature and has edited a volume of essays on Old Norse literature, Myths, Legends, and Heroes: Essays in Honour of John McKinnell.
A short reception will follow the lecture.
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