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By Jacqueline Stodnick, Renée Trilling

Reflecting the profound influence of severe idea at the learn of the arts, this selection of unique essays examines the texts and artifacts of the Anglo-Saxon interval via key theoretical phrases corresponding to ‘ethnicity’ and ‘gender’.

• Explores the interaction among severe idea and Anglo-Saxon studies

• Theoretical framework will entice expert students in addition to these new to the field

• comprises an afterword at the price of the discussion among Anglo-Saxon experiences and significant theory

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The religious model is rooted in New Testament theology, in which Christ appears as a healer. While there is a tendency to pathologize sin in some texts, as for example, in the blindness of Disability 31 nonbelievers quoted above, we should remember that the church and its teaching also operate in a cultural context. This may be partly shaped by religious writings, but its form is ultimately dependent on the underlying culture. From the beginning, Christian authors pondered why God allowed impairment; they reasoned that, since he had made man in His own image, the body should be perfect (Metzler 49).

Dictionary of Old English Web Corpus, ed. A. d. P. Wilkin, and X. Xiang. University of Toronto Press. html (accessed Apr. 2012). Kelly, S. , ed. Charters of Bath and Wells. Anglo-Saxon Charters 13. Oxford: Oxford University Press for British Academy, 2007. Lucas, Peter, ed. Exodus. Rev. edn. Exeter: Exeter University Press, 1994. Muir, Bernard and Nick Kennedy. MS. Junius 11: The Origins of English Poetry, a Masterpiece of Anglo-Saxon Art. Bodleian Library Digital Texts 1. Oxford: Bodleian Digital Texts, 2007.

Perhaps the closest we come to a term for disability in Old English is unhal, since it seems to indicate not just a physical weakness, but also includes concepts such as being unable to care for oneself economically, physically, or even morally. Disabling Rights The evidence from texts, language, and material culture shows that impairment was a reality in Anglo-Saxon societies, but the responses to it seem to differ widely. Unfortunately, we do not have Anglo-Saxon disability legislation, but we have plenty of laws that concern changes to the body, be it the loss of a hand or paralysis of the spine.

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