Session Title

Feminist Critical Methodologies for the Early Middle Ages (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Feminist Renaissance in Early Medieval English Studies (FREMES)

Organizer Name

Erin E. Sweany; Rebecca E. Straple

Organizer Affiliation

Vassar College; Western Michigan Univ.

Presider Name

Rebecca E. Straple

Paper Title 1

Reading Women's Power in the Old English Apollonius of Tyre

Presenter 1 Name

Sophia D'Ignazio

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Cornell Univ.

Paper Title 2

Tamar, Widowhood, and the Old English Prose Translation of Genesis

Presenter 2 Name

Joey McMullen

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Indiana Univ.-Bloomington

Paper Title 3

Critical Ecofeminism and Early Medieval England

Presenter 3 Name

Heide Estes

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Monmouth Univ.

Paper Title 4

"Experiencing the Theory": Locating Early Medieval Studies with Landscape of Desire Twenty-Five Years Later

Presenter 4 Name

Daniel Remein

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Massachusetts-Boston

Paper Title 5

Hysteric Philology: Contemporary Feminist Political Dialogue and Philology

Presenter 5 Name

Dana Oswald

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Univ. of Wisconsin-Parkside

Start Date

7-5-2020 10:00 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 2016

Description

In the 1980s and ‘90s, trailblazing scholars such as Helen Damico, Alexandra Hennessey Olsen, Clare Lees, and Gillian Overing laid vital groundwork for feminist scholarship of early medieval England. But like much critical theory, feminist approaches have struggled to maintain a solid toehold in a field historically resistant to such scholarship. Since 2016, A Feminist Renaissance in Anglo-Saxon Studies has, as a scholarly collective, been working to revitalize feminist methodologies as well as bring together scholars who are exploring the utility of these methodologies for early medieval scholarship.

This roundtable, sponsored by A Feminist Renaissance in Early English Medieval Studies, features 5 brief presentations of projects that use feminist readings to start new conversations with and among early medieval texts, objects, and cultures. We are especially interested in scholarship that broadens the traditional scope of studies of early medieval England, and perhaps helps us to leave the term "Anglo-Saxon" behind, by recognizing the geographic and cultural connectedness of the early medieval world.

Rebecca Straple

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May 7th, 10:00 AM

Feminist Critical Methodologies for the Early Middle Ages (A Roundtable)

Fetzer 2016

In the 1980s and ‘90s, trailblazing scholars such as Helen Damico, Alexandra Hennessey Olsen, Clare Lees, and Gillian Overing laid vital groundwork for feminist scholarship of early medieval England. But like much critical theory, feminist approaches have struggled to maintain a solid toehold in a field historically resistant to such scholarship. Since 2016, A Feminist Renaissance in Anglo-Saxon Studies has, as a scholarly collective, been working to revitalize feminist methodologies as well as bring together scholars who are exploring the utility of these methodologies for early medieval scholarship.

This roundtable, sponsored by A Feminist Renaissance in Early English Medieval Studies, features 5 brief presentations of projects that use feminist readings to start new conversations with and among early medieval texts, objects, and cultures. We are especially interested in scholarship that broadens the traditional scope of studies of early medieval England, and perhaps helps us to leave the term "Anglo-Saxon" behind, by recognizing the geographic and cultural connectedness of the early medieval world.

Rebecca Straple