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Title:The assembled body: Anatomical enumeration and embodiment in Anglo-Saxon devotional texts
Author(s):Williams, Kyle Joseph
Director of Research:Trilling, Renée R.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Trilling, Renée R.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Wright, Charles D.; Camargo, Martin M.; Hansen, Jim
Department / Program:English
Discipline:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Anglo-Saxon
Old English
Anglo-Latin
spirituality
devotion
lorica
charms
anatomical enumeration
body
New Materialism
Thing Theory
selfhood
identity
Abstract:"The Assembled Body: Anatomical Enumeration and Embodiment in Anglo-Saxon Devotional Texts" argues that Anglo-Saxon Christians viewed the material body as a potent site for spiritual transformation. This notion finds its fullest expression in the rhetorical scheme of anatomical enumeration which appears across a diverse collection of Old English and Anglo-Latin devotional forms that range from the seventh to eleventh century, such as anonymous personal protective charms and prayers, confessional formulae, monastic execrations, scientific writing and diagrams produced Byrhtferth, as well as a number of Ælfric of Eynsham's vernacular homilies. This project demonstrates how Anglo-Saxon authors employed such enumerative anatomical catalogs to highlight the vibrancy of the flesh at moments spiritual uncertainty. Casting the material body as an assemblage of agents, this rhetorical disarticulation of the flesh enables readers to envision the realignment and reintegration of their disordered and disobedient limbs into the unity of Christ's spiritual body.
Issue Date:2018-03-30
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/101265
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Kyle Joseph Williams
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-09-04
2020-09-05
Date Deposited:2018-05


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