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Anglo-Saxon(ist) Pasts, postSaxon Futures traces the integral role that colonialism and racism play in the field formerly known as Anglo-Saxon studies by tracking the development of the “Anglo-Saxonist,” an overtly racialized term that describes a person whose affinities point towards white nationalism. That scholars continue to call themselves “Anglo-Saxonists,” despite urgent calls to combat racism within the field, suggests that this term is much more than just a professional appellative. It is, this book argues, a ghost in the machine of early medieval studies—a spectral figure created by a group of nineteenth-century historians, archaeologists, and philologists responsible for not only framing the interdisciplinary field of "Anglo-Saxon" studies but for also encoding ideologies of British colonialism and Anglo-American racism within the field’s methods and pedagogies.Anglo-Saxon(ist) pasts, postSaxon Futures is at once a historiography of Anglo-Saxon studies, a mourning of its Anglo-Saxonist “fathers,” and an exorcism of the colonial-racial ghosts that lurk within the field’s scholarly methods and pedagogies. Part intellectual history, part grief work, this book leverages the genres of literary criticism, auto-ethnography, and creative nonfiction in order to confront Anglo-Saxonist pasts in order to imagine speculative postSaxon futures inclusive of voices and bodies heretofore excluded from the field formerly known as Anglo-Saxon studies.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. First Movement: Anglo-Saxon(ist) Pasts
  1. 1 OED. 'Anglo-Saxonist, noun': Professional Scholar or Anonymous Person
  2. pp. 19-60
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  1. 2 Krákumál, Sharon Turner, and the Psychic Crypts of Anglo-Saxon History
  2. pp. 61-100
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  1. 3 Beowulf, James Douglas, and the Sepulchral Body of the Anglo-Saxonist
  2. pp. 101-172
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  1. Second Movement: Interlude — A Time for Mourning
  1. 4 On Being an Anglo-Saxonist: Asser's Life of King Alfred, Benjamin Thorpe, and the Sovereign Corpus of a Profession
  2. pp. 175-238
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  1. 5 Becoming postSaxon, or, a Biochemical Vita Ælfredi
  2. pp. 239-280
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  1. Third Movement: postSaxon Futures
  1. 6 Old/e English Poetics and 'Afro-Saxon' Intimacies
  2. pp. 283-336
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  1. 7 Becoming postSaxon
  2. pp. 337-354
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 355-398
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781950192403
Related ISBN(s)
9781950192397
MARC Record
OCLC
1155440949
Pages
425
Launched on MUSE
2021-06-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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