1. Borders

  1. Jacqueline Stodnick and
  2. Renée R. Trilling
  1. Elaine Treharne

Published Online: 4 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch1

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

How to Cite

Treharne, E. (2012) Borders, in A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies (eds J. Stodnick and R. R. Trilling), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch1

Author Information

  1. Florida State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 28 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330199

Online ISBN: 9781118328828



  • borders in Early England, a metanarrative of confinement;
  • “borders” in Anglo-Saxon England into the twelfth, complex and messy;
  • Early English terminology for “borders,” emphasis on mearcian;
  • literal boundaries and border regions, within Old English works;
  • “border culture,” space of in-between, to hybridity of postcolonial theory;
  • the hybrid, the contested space between colonizer/colonized;
  • assimilative from the hybrid, cleaving “in-between” and adjacent boundaries;
  • “medieval,” the “middle ages,” “in-betweenness,” borders in the Anglo-Saxon;
  • edges of cultural transitional literacy, boundary clauses of continuity/division;
  • the “Marcher-people”s mearcian, The Old English script, as a visible marker


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Translating Meaning

  • Traces of the Past

  • Mark My Words

  • Outer Limits

  • Crossing into Life

  • In Medias Res

  • Notes

  • References