IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 103: Critical Studies in Old English Masculinities, I: Embodied Masculinities

Monday 6 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Caroline R. Batten, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Gareth Lloyd Evans, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Gareth Lloyd Evans, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford
Paper 103-aCustomary Practices: Embodied Masculinities from the Meadhall to the Monastery
(Language: English)
Renée R. Trilling, Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 103-bThe Universal Male Body and the Problem of Women's Bodies in Old English Medicine
(Language: English)
Dana Oswald, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Medicine
Paper 103-cPolicing the Saintly Body: The Whole and Its Parts
(Language: English)
Dan Laurin, Pitt Rivers Museum University of Oxford
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English
Abstract

These three linked sessions (and a round table) explore the wide range of masculinities and masculine characters found in Old English texts. We seek to examine early medieval masculinities with same critical scrutiny that has been brought to the study of women and femininities in Old English literature. Each session examines the multiple ways in which masculinity is constructed, performed, and subverted in early English texts, in dialogue with various critical frameworks of gender and sexuality. This session (1 of 3) examines bodies and the idea of the body in dialogue with masculine gender performances in early English texts.