Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Wendy Marie Hoofnagle
Looking through the lens of Anglo-Saxon womens' roles as peaceweavers, cupbearers, inciters or "whetting women" in their ability to practice and assert power, resistance and agency within conjugal bonds with husbands or lovers, we can better understand the ambiguous Old English poem The Wife's Lament. By exploring the poem, documents that history has left us, and previous foundational research, I will investigate whether the role women played in Anglo Saxon society mattered, and if either way, they had significant opportunity for agency.
Year of Submission
Department of Languages and Literatures
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2012 Alison Leytem
Leytem, Alison, "Spinning Wheels, Weaving Words, and Cupbearing: The Wife's Lament and Female Power, Agency and Resistance in Anglo-Saxon England" (2012). Honors Program Theses. 751.