Old English Ecotheology
Old English Ecotheology
The Exeter Book
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Introduction: Early Medieval Earth Consciousness
Ælfric, Wulfstan, and the Exeter Book
Chapter Summaries
Chapter I: Old English Ecotheology
Medieval and Modern Ecotheology
Chapter II: The Web of Creation in Wisdom Poems
Gnome(ish) Wisdom in Old English Poetry
“The Web of Mysteries”: Poetic Entanglement in The Order of the World
Mapping Kinship Connections in Maxims I
Chapter III: Identity, Affirmation, and Resistance in the Exeter Riddle Collection
Ambiguous Interpretation in the Exeter Riddle Collection
Birds’-Eye View: Riddle 6 and Riddle 7
Heroic Horns and Wounded Wood: Riddles of Transformation
Chapter IV: Trauma and Apocalypse in the Eco-Elegies
Environmental Trauma and Natural Depression in The Wanderer
Apocalypse / Now: The Ruin
Chapter V: Mutual Custodianship in the Landscapes of Gu.lac A
Home, Alone: Gu.lac in the Wilderness
Lessons in Early Medieval English Environmentalism
Coda: Old English Ecotheology

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"Barajas’s prose embodies the generous “mutual custodianship” (179) that she has been arguing throughout this beautiful work, and the book closes with considerations of how we might move forward not only through our ownreimagined engagement with the poetic past but also how an application of this reimagining within our pedagogy may reorient our students and help manifest a better, Earth-centered future."
- Carla María Thomas, Modern Philology, Vol. 120, No. 2

Courtney Barajas

Old English Ecotheology

The Exeter Book

Old English Ecotheology examines the impact of environmental crises on early medieval English theology and poetry. Like their modern counterparts, theologians at the turn of the first millennium understood the interconnectedness of the Earth community, and affirmed the independent subjectivity of other-than-humans. The author argues for the existence of a specific Old English ecotheology, and demonstrates the influence of that theology on contemporaneous poetry. Taking the Exeter Book as a microcosm of the poetic corpus, she explores the impact of early medieval apocalypticism and environmental anxiety on Old English wisdom poems, riddles, elegies, and saints' lives.

Courtney Barajas

Courtney Catherine Barajas is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Medieval and Modern Studies at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.