"Teaches us the extent to which the discipline of Anglo-Saxon
studies is a construct motivated variously by political, economic,
cultural, gender-based, and racialist impulses. Thus it also
teaches us both humility before the limits upon our supposed
'disinterestedness' and optimism, if chastened, in our collegial
ability to reform and improve our disciplinary investments."--R.
Allen Shoaf, University of Florida
Contributors to this volume explore Anglo-Saxonism as a set of
beliefs and cultural practices that posits a unity among
English-speakers based on their common racial, linguistic, and
institutional descent from the people of Anglo-Saxon England. Value
has often been set on such heritage, for Anglo-Saxonism asserts the
superiority of the Anglo-Saxon people and sees their institutions
as models of good government, commercial prosperity, and
In an examination of Anglo-Saxonism in a variety of forms and in
several different periods of English and American literary history,
the authors investigate how the Anglo-Saxons themselves thought
about the origins of national and racial identity. By linking
current theoretical studies to the early manifestations of
Anglo-Saxonism, they seek to contribute to the "new
medievalisms"--theoretically aware, institutionally focused, and
interdisciplinary medieval studies--that are transforming the
Introduction: Anglo-Saxonism and Medievalism, by Allen J. Frantzen
and John D. Niles
1. Bede and Bawdy Bale: Gregory the Great, Angels, and the "Angli,"
by Allen J. Frantzen
2. Anglo-Saxonism in the Old English Laws, by Mary P.
3. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Poems and the Making of the English
Nation, by Janet Thormann
4. Received Wisdom: The Reception History of Alfred's Preface to
the Pastoral Care, by Suzanne C. Hagedorn
5. Nineteenth-Century Scandinavia and the Birth of Anglo-Saxon
Studies, by Robert E. Bjork
6. Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Anglo-Saxonism: The Question of
Language, by J.R. Hall
7. Byrhtnoth in Dixie: The Emergence of Anglo-Saxon Studies in the
Postbellum South, by Gregory A. VanHoosier-Carey
8. Historical Novels to Teach Anglo-Saxonism to Young Edwardians,
by Velma Bourgeois Richmond
9. Appropriations: A Concept of Culture, by John D. Niles
Allen J. Frantzen is professor of English at Loyola University,
Chicago, and author of "The Literature of Penance in Anglo-Saxon
England" (1983), " King Alfred" (1986), and "Desire for Origins:
New Language, Old English, and Teaching the Tradition" (1990).
John D. Niles is professor of English at the University of
California, Berkeley, and author of "Beowulf: The Poem and Its
Tradition" (1983) and co-editor of" A Beowulf Handbook "(1997).
University Press of Florida
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