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R. M. Liuzza

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091397

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091397.001.0001

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En/closed Subjects: The Wife's Lament and the Culture of Early Medieval Female Monasticism1

En/closed Subjects: The Wife's Lament and the Culture of Early Medieval Female Monasticism1

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(p.381) En/closed Subjects: The Wife's Lament and the Culture of Early Medieval Female Monasticism1
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Old English Literature
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Shari Horner

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300091397.003.0017

This chapter examines the culture of early medieval female monasticism based on the Old English poem The Wife's Lament. It suggests that this poem should be read from within the development of monastic culture and that its female speaker is produced by a “discourse of enclosure” that recalls and reflects the conditions of female monasticism. It also considers the poem's diction, register, connotation, and context.

Keywords:   The Wife's Lament, female monasticism, Old English poem, discourse of enclosure, monastic culture, diction, connotation

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