30th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies
Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York City: March 27-28, 2010

Ásdís Egilsdóttir, "Masculinity, Christianity and Sanctity"

The culture clash between heathendom and Christianity has been interpreted as a clash between femininity and masculinity where a distinctive women’s culture collapsed and was destroyed with the advent of Christianity and literacy.1 The literary and textual culture xxx by the church is therefore seen as dominantly male. Until recently, men and masculinity have mainly been defined as a "norm." Women and femininity had more attention. Gender in medieval religious literature is more complex and and dynamic than simply the opposites man – woman. Some scholars have even tried to introduce a "third gender meira" (Murray).


1HKr (1990) that “a distinctive women’s culture collapsed or was destroyed with he advent of Christianity and literacy. Clash between heathendom – woman and Christianity – man.


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