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A Fragmentary Archive: Migratory Feelings in Early Anglo-Saxon Women’s Letters

Watt, D (2016) A Fragmentary Archive: Migratory Feelings in Early Anglo-Saxon Women’s Letters Journal of Homosexuality.

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Abstract

The letters by Anglo-Saxon women in the Boniface correspondence are connected by cultural practices and emotions centred on the conversion mission that functioned to maintain connections between the Anglo-Saxon diaspora. A striking recurring focus of these letters is on loss and isolation, which connects them to the Old English elegies. Many of the letters describe the writers’ traumatic experiences that result from the death or absence of kin. These are women who endured the trauma of being left behind when others migrated overseas, or who in travelling away from their homeland, found themselves isolated in an alien environment, displaced in time as well as space. This article offers an analysis of the letters, focusing on the queer temporalities they explore, the queer emotions they evoke, and the queer kinships that they forge. It argues that the women’s letters represent fragments of an early queer archive of migratory feelings.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Literature
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > English
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Watt, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 16 May 2016
Identification Number : 10.1080/00918369.2016.1190217
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Homosexuality on 16 May 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00918369.2016.1190217
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 08 Dec 2015 14:44
Last Modified : 01 Jun 2016 08:18
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809465

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