I had seen in some online spaces the mentioning of genders outside or beyond the cis/trans binary, which had confused me at first. It makes sense, though, of course, especially when you consider transness as a reaction to the man/woman gender binary. There are sociocultural genders that don't exist within the sex/gender or cis/trans binary. Hines talks about the research of Kai Pyle on Two Spirit people, or Poiva Junior Ashleigh Feu'u on Fa'afafine cultures, for example (27). Transgender discourse has largely been Western-centric, and so limited and warped.
The aim of my dissertation is to bring transgender and non-binary perspectives to the fore by examining cissexist attitudes and prejudice against trans and non-binary people within theoretical and critical approaches. Subsequently, through close reading, I will illustrate how our perception of Old Norse and Old English texts and figures changes when re-examined through a more trans-inclusive lens.
The aim of my thesis is to create a queer critical perspective of Old Norse and Old English literature. While there have been queer approaches to both of these areas in the past, many have stayed within the frame of the homosexual/heterosexual and male/female binaries; my approach strives to dismantle and problematise both of these… Continue reading The Wonders of the Thesis | Literature Review
Note: Featured Image is mine. The time has come to reflect on what this little blog has blossomed into. The other MA English students and I began our online journey way back at the beginning of the academic year, an entirely different decade ago, in October of 2019. I was looking forward to trying out… Continue reading Ave Atque Vale | E-Portfolio
Dr. Imke Lichterfeld! Taken from the University of Bonn website. Before the university shut down, we had one final, brilliant guest lecture given by Dr. Imke Lichterfeld from the University of Bonn, in Germany. Her lecture topic was inspired by an interaction between Gregory Doran and Dominic Cavendish, in which Cavendish argued that 'wokeness' was… Continue reading Why brand they us with base? | Guest Lecture Series
“[I]t may be helpful to regard the mythological material as a place where one might more easily explore alternatives to the two genders delineated in a masculine/feminine binary.” Kathleen M. Self | (p.146) We have long used tales of monsters and heroes to explore the impossible – or what we perceive to be the impossible,… Continue reading OF MONSTERS AND THEMS: NON-BINARY FIGURES IN OLD NORSE MYTHOLOGY
At the beginning of this month, we had the wonderful Dr. Amelia Worsley of Amherst College visit and give a guest lecture on the writer and poet Charlotte Smith. MA students are encouraged to attend as many of these guest lectures as is feasible, even if they don’t deal with writers or topics that are… Continue reading Speak to me, and become a voice | Guest Lecture Series
It’s been just over a month since the inter-MA #EditWikiLit assignment, and I am here to give you an update on my Skírnismál entry! (In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, read this post to get all caught up!) When touching up the entry on Skírnismál, I noticed that the previous author… Continue reading Update | #EditWikiLit Assignment
It’s a scary time. No duh, I suppose. I’ve been self-isolating, which, it turns out, was actually a much needed break for my brain (I will find silver linings if it kills me) and has allowed me to start thinking again. Between work and the MA, my brain has had little room for anything besides… Continue reading Excelsior | We Are Still Here
Part of an assignment I had over the Christmas break was to produce a critical edition of the marginal charm, "Against a Swarm of Bees", found in the Corpus Christi College, Cambridge Manuscript 41. It is one of 12 surviving metrical charms in Old English, curiously living in the margins of the Old English Bede,… Continue reading ƿiðymbe, or “Against a Swarm of Bees”, CCCC MS 41