IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 203: Critical Studies in Old English Masculinities, II: Anxious Masculinities

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Caroline R. Batten, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Gareth Lloyd Evans, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Marjorie Housley, Department of English University of Notre Dame Indiana
Paper 203-a(Trans)lating Love and Loss in Guthlac B and Felix's Vita S. Guthlaci
(Language: English)
Christopher Vaccaro, Department of English, University of Vermont
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Sexuality
Paper 203-bBonds of Sinew: Masculine Performance and the Disabled Body in Old English Depictions of Weland
(Language: English)
Caroline R. Batten, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Index terms: Art History - General, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 203-cThe Shame of Monsters and Men: Anxious Masculinity in Beowulf
(Language: English)
Catalin Taranu, Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH-ICUB), Universitatea din Bucure┼čti
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Abstract

These three linked sessions (and round table) explore the wide range of masculinities and masculine characters found in Old English texts. We seek to examine early medieval masculinities with the 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 (2 of 3) examines the construction and problematization of masculinities in Old English and Anglo-Latin literature.