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Abigail Williams

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My thesis concerns the representation of women as teachers, students, and advisors, in Old English literature (700 - 1000AD). Currently, I am researching the vocabulary associated with women and… read more

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My thesis concerns the representation of women as teachers, students, and advisors, in Old English literature (700 - 1000AD). Currently, I am researching the vocabulary associated with women and education across Old English and Latin texts. These involve an array of women from different backgrounds who engaged with academic and religious instruction in alternative ways. This study highlights the precise patterns used by male authors to present women not only as educated, capable students, but proficient advisors and educators in religious and social areas.

My interests cover a wide range of topics such as Anglo-Latin texts, Old English lexicology, hagiography, archaeology, and medieval masculinity. I mostly focus on medieval gender and the participation of women in Early English society but I am keen to investigate the possibilities of an interdisciplinary approach.

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