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Golden Girls: Objectification and Transcendence in Old English Poetry

Monday, April 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Roundtable

In this Roundtable, Sara Burdorff (UCLA) reexamines the place of women in the Anglo-Saxon heroic system, as represented in Old English poetry.  Drawing on evidence from Beowulf as well as “The Wife’s Lament,” the “Dream of the Rood,” and other lyric poems, Burdorff explores the poetic equation of women and gold as evidence, not of their subordination, but of their transcendent indispensability to masculine heroic society. She suggests that this ‘golden girl’ motif identifies women as semiotic equivalent to the more traditionally recognizable pairing of gold and glory upon which the heroic system is predicated. As such, these golden girls function not simply as prize or object, but as metric and guarantor of the functionality of the masculine-heroic system itself.
Image: BL Royal MS 19 B XV f. 20v

 

Funding for CMRS Roundtables is provided by the Armand Hammer Endowment for the UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.

Details

Date:
Monday, April 22, 2019
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Venue

Royce Hall Room 306
10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States

Organizer

CMRS
Phone:
310-825-1880
Email:
cmrs@humnet.ucla.edu
Website:
cmrs.ucla.edu