A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies by Jacqueline Stodnick, Renée Trilling

By Jacqueline Stodnick, Renée Trilling

Reflecting the profound impression of serious concept at the learn of the arts, this selection of unique essays examines the texts and artifacts of the Anglo-Saxon interval via key theoretical phrases reminiscent of ‘ethnicity’ and ‘gender’.

  • Explores the interaction among severe idea and Anglo-Saxon studies
  • Theoretical framework will attract professional students in addition to these new to the field
  • Includes an afterword at the price of the discussion among Anglo-Saxon stories and important theory

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Some examples are the monsters that plague St Guthlac, or Grendel in Beowulf, where monstrous natures are indicated through distorted human features, such as “capitibus magnis, collis longis . . auribus hispidis . . fermoribus scabris,” (“large heads, long necks . . shaggy ears . . scabby thighs”) (Colgrave, A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies, First Edition. Edited by Jacqueline Stodnick and Rene´e R. Trilling. Ó 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Published 2012 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 24 Christina Lee Felix’s Life, 102).

Instead of considering whether an impairment really leads to disability, any described deviance from an assumed normative body is automatically regarded as disabling. This is not only simplistic, but also ignores that there is much difference between theory and practice. Is it actually possible to judge past societies by modern standards? For example, St Guthlac is clearly not considered to be mentally ill by his biographer Felix, even though his symptoms would surely get him medical attention today.

Avalos, Hector. Health Care and the Rise of Christianity. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999. Bezzo, Lisa. ” In Patrizia Lendinara, Loredana Lazzari, and Maria Amalia D’Aronco, eds, Form and Content of Instruction in Anglo-Saxon England in the Light of Contemporary Manuscript Evidence (pp. 435–445). Leiden: Brepols, 2007. Blair, John. The Church in Anglo-Saxon England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. Boddington, Andrew. Raunds Furnells: The Anglo-Saxon Church and the Churchyard. London: English Heritage, 1996.

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