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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1702: Representations of Women in Anglo-Saxon England

Thursday 7 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Alice Hicklin, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Albert Fenton, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 1702-aPurity and Pollution: Consecration and Condemnation of the Female Body in the Anglo-Saxon Period, Dead and Alive
(Language: English)
Alexandra Aversa Sheldon, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Women's Studies
Paper 1702-b'Widgongel wif word gespringe├░': Queens as Power-Brokers in Anglo-Saxon England
(Language: English)
Alice Hicklin, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Gender Studies, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Paper 1702-cA Semantic Investigation of Anglo-Saxon Women
(Language: English)
Katherine Miller, School of English, University of Leeds
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Women's Studies

This interdisciplinary session explores attitudes to women and the female form in Anglo-Saxon England, assessing the diverse evidence found in archaeological sites, narrative history, linguistics, and monastic schooltexts. The first paper examines the ways in which the Anglo-Saxon church sought to legislate treatment of the female body, dead and alive, secular and religious, and the ways in which the archaeological record displays both Anglo-Saxons' adherence and deviation to the spirit of these laws. The second collects evidence for the importance of queens and female elites as key power brokers and diplomats across the Anglo-Saxon period, while the third explores dialectal and semantic issues around a set of terms denoting women and female beings.