Feminist Approaches to Early Medieval English Studies

Robin Norris, Rebecca Stephenson, Renee Trilling

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Scholarship on early medieval England has seen an exponential increase in scholarly work by and about women over the past twenty years, but the field has remained peculiarly resistant to the transformative potential of feminist critique. Since 2016, Medieval Studies has been rocked by conversations about the state of the field, shifting from #MeToo to #WhiteFeminism to the purposeful rethinking of the label "Anglo-Saxonist." This volume takes a step toward decentering the traditional scholarly conversation with thirteen new essays by American, Canadian, European, and UK professors, along with independent scholars and early career researchers from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Topics range from virginity, women's literacy, and medical discourse to affect, medievalism, and masculinity. The theoretical and political commitments of this volume comprise one strand of a multivalent effort to rethink the parameters of the discipline and to create a scholarly community that is innovative, inclusive, and diverse
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages408
ISBN (Electronic)9789048554317
ISBN (Print)9789463721462
StatePublished - Feb 2023

Publication series

NameKnowledge Communities


  • Feminist literary criticism
  • Medieval history
  • English literature
  • Ancient, classical and medieval texts
  • England
  • Medieval, Old English, women, gender
  • HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Middle Ages (449-1066)
  • History, Art History, and Archaeology
  • History
  • Women and literature
  • HIS
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
  • Feminism and feminist theory
  • Literary studies: classical, early and medieval
  • European history: medieval period, middle ages


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