The Anglo-Saxon Seminar: Holy Men and Holy Women of Anglo-Saxon England
Paul Szarmach, Western Michigan University, now emeritus
The cult of saints produced a remarkable body of literature about holy men and holy women both in the English vernacular and in Latin. With special but not exclusive focus on the saints’ lives written by Ælfric of Eynsham this course will consider the various examples of the vita and/or passio as they developed from late antique models through prose and verse forms in Old English. The interdisciplinary context will be one theme of the course, as will comparative analysis and gender criticism. Through readings in original language and translated materials, presented either in a seminar or a translation workshop as well as through direct engagement of original manuscript evidence, this course will consider many of the issues that the genre poses.
Participants: Shannon Ambrose, University of Illinois at Chicago; Andrew Bonvicini, Loyola University Chicago; Jake Davis, University of Chicago; Lorraine Eadie, Loyola University Chicago; Zachary Lewis, University of Chicago; D. Edwin Lind, Illinois State University; Jonah Sutton-Morse, University of Chicago; Larry Swain, University of Illinois at Chicago; Erik Vorhes, Loyola University Chicago
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