IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 303: Critical Studies in Old English Masculinities, III: Relational Masculinities

Monday 6 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Caroline R. Batten, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford
Gareth Lloyd Evans, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:David Clark, School of English, University of Leicester
Paper 303-aFinding Male Friendship in Early Medieval England
(Language: English)
Kelli Conley, Department of History University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Social History
Paper 303-bEnigmatic Masculinities: Locating Gendered Subjectivity in the Riddle Tradition
(Language: English)
Gareth Lloyd Evans, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 303-cStatic Masculinity: Grief without Mourning in Beowulf’s Hrethel Episode
(Language: English)
Marjorie Housley, Department of English University of Notre Dame Indiana
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 (3 of 3) examines the role of masculinities in interpersonal relationships in Old English and Anglo-Latin literature.