16. Visual Culture

  1. Jacqueline Stodnick and
  2. Renée R. Trilling
  1. Benjamin C. Withers

Published Online: 4 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch16

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

How to Cite

Withers, B. C. (2012) Visual Culture, in A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies (eds J. Stodnick and R. R. Trilling), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch16

Author Information

  1. University of Kentucky, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330199

Online ISBN: 9781118328828



  • visual culture, “act of seeing,” process information about the sensory world;
  • Anglo-Saxon England, fertile ground for discussion/analysis of visual culture;
  • study of Anglo-Saxon England, dominated by discourses of textual analysis;
  • visual in the identity/subjectivity, distinction of historical/cultural from aesthetic;
  • visual culture, and its meaning within an Anglo-Saxon context;
  • word and image, defining concerns of the study of the early Middle Ages;
  • visual culture, of tensions within the visual, as influenced by medieval institutions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What Is Visual Culture?

  • Significance for Anglo-Saxon Studies

  • References