New Readings on Women and Early Medieval English Literature and Culture: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Honour of Helen Damico

Showcases current and original scholarship relating to women and Early Medieval English culture and Early Medieval English studies and promises to stimulate new work in those areas.


£90.00 ISBN-13: 9781641893329

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Christine E. Kozikowski

Helene Scheck

New Readings on Women and Early Medieval English Literature and Culture showcases current and original scholarship relating to women in Early Medieval English culture and in Early Medieval English studies and promises to stimulate new work in those areas. Honouring the eminent scholar Helen Damico as well as the seminal volume she edited almost thirty years ago with Alexandra Hennessy Olsen, the essays in this volume remind us that feminist inquiry is as vital and robust as it was then. Recognizing the plasticity of gender structures, roles, and relations in Early Medieval English literature and culture as well as within the modern discipline of Early Medieval English Studies, the essays reveal pluralities of gender bequeathed to us and encourage us to rethink power/gender dynamics in our present moment. As the Introduction explains, the essays in this collection offer new paths into an increasingly rich area of study. Their diversity and freshness, along with their archival and methodological range, reveal a robust commitment to feminist interdisciplinarity, while their refusal of any grand master narrative takes seriously the complexity of Anglo-Saxon women’s lives, as well as the elusive relationship between history, literary symbols, textual representations, and social and cultural practices.


Feminism and Anglo-Saxon Studies, Now – Stacy S. Klein
Part I: Literacy and Material Culture
Anglo-Saxon Women, Woman, and Womanhood – Gale R. Owen-Crocker
Beyond Valkyries: Drinking Horns in Anglo-Saxon Women’s Graves – Carol Neuman de Vegvar
Embodied Literacy: Paraliturgical Performance in the Life of Saint Leoba – Lisa M. C. Weston
Imagining the Lost Libraries of the Anglo-Saxon Double Monasteries – Virginia Blanton
Part II: Engendering Marriage and Family
A Textbook Stance on Marriage: The Versus ad coniugem in Anglo-Saxon England – Janet Schrunk Ericksen
The Circumcision and Weaning of Isaac: The Cuts that Bind – Catherine E. Karkov
Saintly Mothers and Mothers of Saints – Joyce Hill
Playing with Memories: Emma of Normandy, Cnut, and the Spectacle of Ælfheah’s Corpus – Colleen Dunn
Part III: Women of the Beowulf Manuscript
The Missing Women of the Beowulf-Manuscript – Teresa Hooper
Boundaries Embodied: An Ecofeminist Reading of the Old English Judith – Heide Estes
Listen to the Woman: Reading Wealhþeow as Stateswoman – Helen Conrad O’Briain
Reading Grendel’s Mother – Jane Chance
Part IV: Women and Anglo-Saxon Studies
Female Agency in Early Anglo-Saxon Studies: The “Nuns of Tavistock” and Elizabeth Elstob – Timothy Graham
The First Female Anglo-Saxon Professors – Mary Dockray-Miller