Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 1607
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Pulsiano , Phillip and Kirsten Wolf
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  • Title: The "Hwelp" in "Wulf and Eadwacer" [The symbolic meaning of the "hwelp" (whelp, young dog or wolf) in is much debated in this Old English poem. Some critics interpret the "hwelp" as representing a child who is born as a result of an illicit love affair, but the authors argue that many references to wolves in Old Norse literature and law suggest that the "hwelp" in this poem is the child of an outlaw father. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: English Language Notes 28, 3 (March 1991): Pages 1 - 9.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Abandoned Children Allusion Animals in Literature Crime and Criminals in Literature Illegitimacy in Literature Literature - Verse Old English Language Outsiders in Literature Sagas Wulf and Eadwacer, Old English Elegy
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  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 10
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Manitoba, Villanova University
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  • Year of Publication: 1991.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00138282