Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
The scholarly narrative around monastic enclosure has centered on rigid gender divisions. But Cynewulf's Juliana and Elene reveal a more complex picture. Through images of enclosure, binding and the creation of words, Cynewulf unwinds these restrictive ties of gender in the epilogues of his poems and instead identifies with the figures in these poems not along lines of gender, but in their experiences of enclosure.
Grotewiel, Katherine, "'Carcern' and 'Wordcræft': Enclosure, Connection and Gender in Cynewulf's "Juliana" and "Elene"" (2022). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 1859.