Narratives of monastic life in Anglo-Saxon England depict individuals as responsible agents in the assumption and performance of religious identities. To modern eyes, however, many of the 'choices' they make would actually appear to be compulsory. Stealing Obedience explores how a Christian notion of agent action - where freedom incurs responsibility - was a component of identity in the last hundred years of Anglo-Saxon England, and investigates where agency (in the modern sense) might be sought in these narratives.
Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe looks at Benedictine monasticism through the writings of Ælfric, Anselm, Osbern of Canterbury, and Goscelin of Saint-Bertin, as well as liturgy, canon and civil law, chronicle, dialogue, and hagiography, to analyse the practice of obedience in the monastic context. Stealing Obedience brings a highly original approach to the study of Anglo-Saxon narratives of obedience in the adoption of religious identity.
'Solid cultural and historical grounding, artfully framed by appropriate theoretical models, characterize this study... Highly recommended' -- M.B. Busbee Choice Magazine; vol 50:04:2012
|List of Abbreviations||p. xiii|
|Introduction: On Stealing Obedience||p. 3|
|Dunstan in the Theatre of Choice||p. 55|
|'Esto quod es': Ælfric's Colloquy and the Imperatives of Monastic Identity||p. 94|
|Edith's Choice||p. 151|
|Leaving Wilton: Gunhild and the Phantoms of Agency||p. 185|
|The Silence of Eve||p. 210|
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Series: Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 28th April 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.8 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.612