New Readings on Women and Early Medieval English Literature and Culture
New Readings on Women and Early Medieval English Literature and Culture
Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Honour of Helen Damico
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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 Wealh˜eow 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 ŸNuns of TavistockŒ and Elizabeth Elstob - Timothy Graham
The First Female Anglo-Saxon Professors - Mary Dockray-Miller
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"Although much has changed in the field of Old English studies since 1991, this volume illustrates the interesting and important work that remains in understanding women’s significance in both the historical record and the academy. Collectively, the essays serve as a fitting tribute to the much-esteemed Damico, who passed away in 2020, and attest to the breadth and depth of her interests, scholarship, and influence."
- Alison Gulley, Appalachian State University, Speculum 96/3 (July 2021)

Helene Scheck, Christine Kozikowski (eds)

New Readings on Women and Early Medieval English Literature and Culture

Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Honour of Helen Damico

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.

Helene Scheck

Helene Scheck is Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York at Albany.

Christine Kozikowski

Christine Kozikowski is Assistant Professor of English at the College of the Bahamas.