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Title:AElfric's Gendered Theology in the "Catholic Homilies", the First Series
Author(s):Starr, Rebecca I.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Wright, Charles D.
Department / Program:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:AElfric reduces Christian narratives that depict the actions of women, and he casts men as the potent actors in a world in which merit is a necessary condition for salvation. Since Anglo-Saxon literature tends to give great attention to the acts of women and their salvation, CH I marks an important turning point in Anglo-Saxon church history and the social construction of gender in England. AElfric's gender bias cannot be accounted for because of the time in which he lives, his gender, or the religious order to which he belongs. No other male Anglo-Saxon Benedictine of his period writes gender into theology so comprehensively and in such a bifurcated and hierarchical fashion. While AElfric claims that his selections ensure orthodox teaching, nevertheless, the result is an increased centrality for men, and marginalization for women.
Issue Date:2008
Description:262 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3337909
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2008

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