• Female Community in the Old English Judith

    Author(s):
    Mary Dockray-Miller (see profile)
    Date:
    1998
    Group(s):
    Anglo-Saxon / Old English, Early Medieval, LLC Old English
    Subject(s):
    Medieval literature, Women's studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Old English
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6TT2M
    Abstract:
    Like most female characters in Old English poetry, Judith from the Old English poem of the same name has been subject to much scrutiny in recent years. She has been read as a figure of Mother Church, or as a Germanic warrior, or as a warning against rape. Yet Judith's relationship with her maid, the focus of my analysis of Judith, has been elided; the maid is the key to Judith's gender performance when both contemporary theory and traditional philology are brought to bear on the section of the text where the maid appears. The maid and Judith create a cooperative female community of women, wherein Judith is a maternal figure; that female community constructs a heroism for Judith that is based on protection and generation rather than aggression and domination.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Journal:
    Studia Neophilologica
    Volume:
    70
    Start Page:
    165
    End Page:
    172
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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