References to weaving and binding are ubiquitous in Anglo-Saxon literature. Several hundred instances of such imagery occur in the poetic corpus, invoked in connection with objects, people, elemental forces, and complex abstract concepts.
Weaving Words and Binding Bodies presents the first comprehensive study of weaving and binding imagery through intertextual analysis and close readings of Beowulf, riddles, the poetry of Cynewulf, and other key texts. Megan Cavell highlights the prominent use of weaving and binding in previously unrecognized formulas, collocations, and type-scenes, shedding light on important tropes such as the lord-retainer “bond” and the gendered role of “peace-weaving” in Anglo-Saxon society. Through the analysis of metrical, rhetorical, and linguistic features and canonical and neglected texts in a wide range of genres, Weaving Words and Binding Bodies makes an important contribution to the ongoing study of Anglo-Saxon poetics.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division|
|Series:||Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series|
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About the Author
Megan Cavell is a Junior Research Fellow in the Department of English Studies at Durham University.
Table of Contents
Construction and Constriction: Introducing Human Experience in Old English Poetry
Part I – Webs and Rings: Experiencing Objects
Chapter 1: The Material Context of Weaving
Chapter 2: The Woven Mail-Coat
Chapter 3: The Material Context of Structural Binding
Part II – Ties and Chains: Experiencing Bondage
Chapter 4: Binding in Nature
Chapter 5: Imprisonment and Hell
Chapter 6: Slavery and Servitude
Part III – Patterns and Nets: Experiencing the Internal and the Abstract
Chapter 7: The Body and Mind
Chapter 8: Language and Knowledge
Chapter 9: Creation, Magic and Fate
Chapter 10: Peace
Weaving and Binding: Conclusions on Human Experience and World View
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"A fascinating examination of the interrelated images of weaving and binding in Old English verse, Weaving Words and Binding Bodies reveals an Anglo-Saxon cultural preoccupation with the conceptual nexus of construction and constriction."
"Weaving Words and Binding Bodies is a brilliant, thoroughgoing study of weaving and binding in Anglo-Saxon poems, together with an analysis of related material culture, medieval technology, and concepts such as slavery and servitude."