Session Title

Gender and Religious Identity in the Old English Judith

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Melissa Mayus

Organizer Affiliation

Trine Univ.

Presider Name

Melissa Mayus

Paper Title 1

The Lily and the Sword: Virginity, Holiness, and Heroism in the Old English Judith

Presenter 1 Name

Laurence Erussard

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Paper Title 2

Nearly-Headless Holofernes: Battle Rhetoric in the Old English Judith

Presenter 2 Name

Andrew Thomas

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Western Michigan Univ.

Paper Title 3

Like a Virgin Martyr: Redefining the Role of the Old English Judith

Presenter 3 Name

Mallory Heslinger

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Western Michigan Univ.

Paper Title 4

The Judith Problem in the Old English Judith: Reconciling Religious and Heroic Identity

Presenter 4 Name

Anne Spear

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Mississippi

Start Date

11-5-2018 3:30 PM

Session Location

Valley 3 Stinson 306

Description

As one of a handful of Old English poems featuring a female protagonist, the Old English Judith has elicited a fruitful body of scholarship examining how gender operates in the poem. The character of Judith has been compared to martial heroes of other poems, to saints found in Anglo-Saxon hagiographies, and to her own biblical counterpart. The purpose of this proposed session is to open this discussion of gender in the poem to include ways that Judith’s femininity affects the religious didacticism of the poem. Papers that examine the way that Judith’s widowhood is glossed over in the poem, or the way that she is only half portrayed as a warrior, or the way that she admonishes her troops after effectively winning the battle for them will all provide an opening for discussion about how the poet uses Judith’s gender to teach religious or moral lessons.

Melissa Mayus

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May 11th, 3:30 PM

Gender and Religious Identity in the Old English Judith

Valley 3 Stinson 306

As one of a handful of Old English poems featuring a female protagonist, the Old English Judith has elicited a fruitful body of scholarship examining how gender operates in the poem. The character of Judith has been compared to martial heroes of other poems, to saints found in Anglo-Saxon hagiographies, and to her own biblical counterpart. The purpose of this proposed session is to open this discussion of gender in the poem to include ways that Judith’s femininity affects the religious didacticism of the poem. Papers that examine the way that Judith’s widowhood is glossed over in the poem, or the way that she is only half portrayed as a warrior, or the way that she admonishes her troops after effectively winning the battle for them will all provide an opening for discussion about how the poet uses Judith’s gender to teach religious or moral lessons.

Melissa Mayus