Featuring essays from some of the most prominent voices in early medieval English studies, Dating Beowulf: studies in intimacy playfully redeploys the word ‘dating’, which usually heralds some of the most divisive critical impasses in the field, to provocatively phrase a set of new relationships with an Old English poem. This volume presents an argument for the relevance of the early Middle Ages to affect studies and vice versa, while offering a riposte to anti-feminist discourse and opening avenues for future work by specialists in the history of emotions, feminist criticism, literary theory, Old English literature, and medieval studies alike. To this end, the chapters embody a range of critical approaches, from queer theory to animal studies and ecocriticism to Actor-Network theory, all organized into clusters that articulate new modes of intimacy with the poem.
Aughterson’s essay provides an analysis of the complex formulation of gender in Bacon’s text, arguing against the tendency of
feministcriticism to view Bacon as the founding father of a
thoroughly masculinised science. Instead, she shows how
concepts of sexual difference and gender in the New Atlantis are
connected to the ‘re-visioning’ across a range of areas that takes
place in the text. By closely analysing its rhetoric, metaphors and
allusions, Aughterson argues that Bacon’s fable questions clearcut sexual hierarchies and articulates a version of
Diana Wallace and Andrew Smith (eds), The
Female Gothic: New Directions (Basingstoke: Palgrave
Lauren Fitzgerald points to the binary of
male/female oppression found in Gothic plots as replicated through
the conventions of feministcriticism that seeks to liberate the
reading by Mary Jacobus. See Mary
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Colonial body into postcolonial narrative
Jacobus, ‘Readings in hysteria’, in Reading Woman: Essays in FeministCriticism
(New York: Columbia University Press, 1986), pp. 195–274.
Jacobus, Reading Woman, p. 197.
Mungo Park, Travels in the Interior of Africa (London: The Folio Society, 1984).
Richard Burton, Love, War and Fancy: The Customs and Manners of the East from
Writings on the
to Beowulf are by line number from this edition, hereafter referred to as Klaeber 4 .
What I object to is fetishization of Hildeburh in the service of creating a through-line from Tacitus to the Victorians to the present day, allowing us to ignore men's sadness by overemphasizing women's sorrow. The figure of the mourning woman became the focus of important feministcriticism such as Joyce Hill's ‘Þæt wæs geomuru ides! A
almost exclusively as the rape of girls by older male family
members. 37 That such
formations of this incest paradigm coincided with feministcriticism’s reclamation of the Female Gothic in the 1970s
undoubtedly determined literary scholarship to read incest in the Gothic
as representative of violent sexual aggression. 38
Seminal works on the Female Gothic by scholars such as Ellen
embodiment, ethics, affect, and ontology (Ahmed and Stacey,
2001; Clough and Halley, 2007; Garber et al., 2000; Koivunen, 2001;
2010). Furthermore, it coincides with what Robyn Wiegman (2014) has
termed the reparative ‘turn’ in queer feministcriticism. However, the
history and routes of the concept’s travels are much longer and more
complex. Invoked in the 1980s in the fields of moral and political philosophy (Goodin, 1985; 1988; Nussbaum, 1986), the concept subsequently
travelled across disciplines: from sociology and social policy studies
(McLaughlin, 2012; Misztal
Representations of the house in the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Vona Groarke
representations of the house in the
poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and
Feministcriticism frequently employs metaphors of space to interrogate
the position of women within society and their ability to articulate that
position to a wider world. The idea of ‘clearing a space’ from which
to speak suggests that for women freedom of expression can only be
achieved in ‘empty’ space, space that is unmarked by ideological and
aesthetic convictions. Yet such
initial excoriating critique.33 (Feministcriticism has contended contra
Jameson, for example, that women’s texts focused on the family are not always
necessarily intended as emblems of the body politic, although these texts may
recognise at the same time that the family is part of that body politic, and may
choose to symbolise it.34) Given the essay’s inﬂuence, however, and that way in
which it has become virtually paradigmatic in readings of writers ranging from
Salman Rushdie and Shashi Tharoor, through Tsitsi Dangarembga and Ngugi
wa Thiong’o, to Ian McEwan and
Gender and nationalism in the early fiction of Flora Nwapa
: ‘Motherhood provides an insight into
the preciousness, the value of life, which is the cornerstone of the value of freedom’.
See Barbara Christian, Black FeministCriticism: Perspectives on Black Women
Writers (Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1987), p. 247.
10 Alice Walker, The Temple of My Familiar (London: The Women’s Press, 1989). The
quotation is from p. 63, but the remythologising occurs throughout.
11 Cited in Mineke Schipper (ed.), Unheard Words, trans. Barbara Potter Fasting
(London: Allison and Busby, 1985), p. 50.
12 Lauretta Ngcobo, ‘The African woman writer’, in Kirsten