3. Gender

  1. Jacqueline Stodnick and
  2. Renée R. Trilling
  1. Stacy S. Klein

Published Online: 4 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch3

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

How to Cite

Klein, S. S. (2012) Gender, in A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies (eds J. Stodnick and R. R. Trilling), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch3

Author Information

  1. Rutgers University, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330199

Online ISBN: 9781118328828



  • gender, as Ælfric's late tenth- or early eleventh-century Glossary;
  • The Anglo-Latin sexus, closer to the Middle English gendre;
  • Gendre, sexus, gesceap, with the modern sense of sexual difference;
  • sex/gender, medieval/or modern, in the larger social, cultural, spiritual;
  • Alfred's use of weaponry, and male lines of inheritance points;
  • Old English poetic corpus, female militancy, as Judith and communal salvation;
  • Judith of heroic culture/woman's place, destabilizing sexual differences built;
  • militancy and women to “unsex,” in Christi tradition of Old English hagiography;
  • Judith a space, militancy not a fixed entity, a fluid and ever shifting set of values


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Gender and Militancy

  • The Female Warrior, Past and Present

  • Finding the Female Body

  • The Nature of Militancy

  • Heroic Bodies in Distress

  • Notes

  • References