Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 1031
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Lees , Clare A. and Gillian R. Overing
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  • Title: The Clerics and the Critics: Women and Rhetoric in Anglo-Saxon England
  • Source: Gender and Conflict in the Middle Ages. Gender and Medieval Studies Conference, York, January 5-7 2001.. 2001.
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  • Article Type: Conference Paper Abstract
  • Subject (See Also): Gender Misogyny Rhetoric
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: General
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  • Abstract: Our primary concern in this paper will be to examine the rhetorical processes by which misogyny is culturally enacted, the available means by which we can discover the conflict of suppression in the Anglo-Saxon period. We ask how categories of gender and sexuality come to be articulated in our period, and where and how they are in tension, in debate, within this culture, and indeed within modern critical rhetoric. We briefly situate this debate in its broader medieval context, and then look at some Anglo-Saxon literary instances where our categories begin to be articulated and discussed. We move from these specific instances to the broader question of cultural articulations of subjectivity, the particular syncretism of the Anglo-Saxon "self," and finally to the ongoing dialogue between the clerics and the critics in the rhetorical production and gendering of that "self." [Reproduced by permission of the Gender and Medieval Studies Conference organizers].
  • Author's Affiliation: Oregon University, Wake Forest University
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  • Year of Publication: 2001.
  • Language: English
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