Session801
TitleAnglo-Saxon Medical Studies: A Feminist Perspective
Date/TimeTuesday 4 July 2017: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserRebecca Stephenson, School of English, Drama & Film, University College Dublin
 
Moderator/ChairMegan Cavell, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
 
Paper 801-a My Other, My Self: Pregnancy and Maternity in the Anglo-Saxon Leechbooks
(Language: English)
Dana Oswald, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Old English; Medicine
Paper 801-b Women and 'Women's Medicine' in Anglo-Saxon England: From Text to Practice
(Language: English)
Christine Voth, Seminar für Englische Philologie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Old English; Medicine
Paper 801-c 'An man ϸe sy mægðhades man, cnapa oϸϸe mægden': Configuring Virginity in Old English Medicine
(Language: English)
Rebecca Stephenson, School of English, Drama & Film, University College Dublin
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Old English; Medicine
 
AbstractAllegations of misogyny and sexual harassment against prominent members of our field in January 2016 caused a firestorm on social media and came as a shock to many Anglo-Saxonists. Under the leadership of ISAS and the Old English Division of the MLA, as well as grassroots efforts, such as a new mentoring program for Anglo-Saxonists, by Kalamazoo 2016 what had been a demoralizing time has been transformed into a watershed moment. Our positive, productive contribution to this ongoing conversation has been to propose a new volume of essays that takes feminist approaches to Anglo-Saxon culture, with both of those terms as broadly defined as possible. Our panel at Leeds will focus on the more limited topic of Anglo-Saxon medicine seeking to find the places where approaches sensitive to gender can open up new avenues of inquiry.