Pasternack, Carol Braun

Emeritus

Education: 

Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1983

Carol Pasternack is a Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1983, and her central interests include Old and Middle English literature; history of the English language; oral and textual theory; and gender and sexuality in the Middle Ages. She is the author of The Textuality of Old English Poetry (1995), as well as articles on oral and textual theory, and gender and sexuality. In addition, she has co-edited three collections of essays, Vox intexta: Orality and Texuality in the Middle Ages with A. N. Doane (1991), Gender and Difference in the Middle Ages with Sharon Farmer (2003), and Sex and Sexuality in Anglo-Saxon England with Lisa M. C. Weston (2004). Professor Pasternack is currently at work on a book titled Sex, Text, and Power in Anglo-Saxon England. She is an active member of the UCSB Program in Medieval Studies.

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cpaster@english.ucsb.edu

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English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170

Fields/Affiliations: 

Medieval Literature
Theories of Gender and Sexualities

Research Interests: 

Oral and textual history
History of the English Language
Old and Middle English literature
Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages

 

Publications

Articles & Chapters: 

“Sex and Sexuality,” Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies, eds. Jacqueline Stoddard and Renée Trilling (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 181-96.

“Ruling Masculinities: From Adam to Apollonius of Tyre in Corpus 201b,” Intersections of Gender, Religion, and Ethnicity in the Middle Ages, ed. Cordelia Beattie and Kristen Fenton (Palgrave, January 2011), 34-61. 

“Text, Sex, and Politics: Present and Past Reflections,” Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies 1.3 (Fall-Winter 2010), 361-71.

“The Textuality of Old English Poetry,” The Postmodern Beowulf: A Critical Casebook, ed. Eileen A. Joy and Mary K. Ramsay (Morgantown, WV: West Virginia UP, 2006), 519-46 (reprint of Chapter One of The Textuality of Old English Poetry, 1995). 

“Literature, Old English,” Women and Gender in the Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia (Routedge Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages), ed. Margaret Schaus (New York: Routledge, 2006). 

“Beowulf,” Women and Gender in the Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia

Sex and Sexuality in Anglo-Saxon England (collection of essays), co-edited with Lisa M. C. Weston. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies. Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2004. 

“The Sexual Practices of Virginity and Chastity in Aldhelm’s De Virginitate.” Sex and Sexuality in Anglo-Saxon England. (pp. 93-120). 

“Introduction,” co-authored with Lisa M. C. Weston, .” Sex and Sexuality in Anglo-Saxon England. (typescript 39 pp.). 

Difference and Gender in the Middle Ages (collection of essays), co-edited with Sharon Farmer. U of Minnesota Press, 2003. 

"Negotiating Gender in Anglo-Saxon England." Difference and Gender in the Middle Ages. (pp. 107-42). 

"Post-Structuralist Theories: The Subject and the Text."  In Reading Old English Texts.  Ed. Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe.  Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1997.  170-91. 

The Textuality of Old English Poetry.  Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1995. 

Vox intexta: Orality and Textuality in the Middle Ages (collection of essays), co-edited with A. N. Doane.  Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1991. 

"Anonymous Polyphony and The Wanderer's Textuality," Anglo-Saxon England 20 (1991): 99-122. 

"Stylistic Disjunctions in The Dream of the Rood," Anglo-Saxon England 13 (1984): 167-86. Reprinted in Old English Literature: Critical Essays, ed. R. M. Liuzza. New Haven: Yale UP, 2002. 

 

 

Other Publications: 

Review of Clare A. Lees and Gillian R. Overing, Double Agents: Women and Clerical Culture in Anglo-Saxon England. JEGP (Journal of English and Germanic Philology) 103.2 (April 2004): 256-58. 

Review of Alfred P. Smyth, King Alfred the GreatMedieval Feminist Newsletter no. 27 (Spring 1999): 44-48. 

Review of Richard J. Schraeder, Old English Poetry and the Genealogy of EventsSpeculum 71.2 (April 1996): 487-9. 

Projects

Forthcoming Projects: 

Sex, Text, and Power in Anglo-Saxon England (book).

 

Lectures

Selected Lectures: 

Papers Delivered (1996-Present) 

Seo gemengnes þæs flæsces in the Responsa of Gregory the Great and the Junius Genesis,” Medieval Association of the Pacific, Santa Clara University, March 2012. (Invited repetition of ISAS, August 2011, talk.)

"Bloodlines: Purity, Warfare and the Procreative Family in Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica," Columbia University, Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium (organization for New York City area). Monday, Nov. 7, 2011.

"Remaking Sex: The Holy Family and the Rest of Us in 'The Advent Lyrics,'" Workshop at Rutgers University, Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.

Seo gemengnes þæs flæsces in the Responsa of Gregory the Great and the Junius Genesis,” International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, biennial conference, Madison, WI, Aug. 2011.

Editing from Medieval Manuscripts: Current Challenges and Debates,” MLA Panel, January 2011

"An Alfredian Reading of the Cynewulf and Cyneheard Episode," 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2010

“Bloodlines: Purity, Rebellion and the Procreative Family in Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica,” Invited paper at “Blood, Dynasty, Sacrifice,” A symposium sponsored by the the Claremont All-College Consortium for Medieval and Early Modern Studies February 26-27, 2010

“The Women of Apollonius: Pollution, Purity, and Power,” Medieval Association of the Pacific, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, March 2009.

"Anglo-Saxon Law in CCCC 201: Sex and the Safety of the State," Medieval Academy of America, Vancouver, March 2008.

“Ruling Masculinity: From Adam to Apollonius of Tyre in Corpus 201,” Invited Keynote Talk, annual meeting of Gender and Medieval Studies Group, UK, January 2008; delivered also by invitation at Centre for Medieval Studies, York University, UK, January 2008.

“Sex and Text, Priest and King: Taking the Manuscript Seriously in Late Anglo-Saxon England,” Invited talk for First HOTT (History of Texts and Technology) Seminar, University of South Florida, September 2007.

“Text, Sex, Power in Anglo-Saxon England,” Invited paper, 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2007.

“Postmodern Beowulf: How Do We Read?” Panel presentation at 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2006. 

The Wife’s Lament and Aldhelm’s De virginitate: The problem of family,” PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association), Pepperdine University, November 2005. 

“Sex and Text, Priest and King:Taking the Manuscript Literally in Late Anglo-Saxon England,” Faculty Series, English Department, UCSB, March 2004 

“Sexuality in the Late Anglo-Saxon Laws or What has sex to do with priests?” Modern Language Association, San Diego, CA, December 2003 

“Conversion and Sylf in The Seafarer and Cotton Nero A.1 (b),” The International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, Scottsdale, AZ, August 2003  

“Pagan-Christian Coexistence in Seventh-Century Britain,” 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2003 

“Penitent Bodies,” 37th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2002 

“Bede’s Families—Virginal and Otherwise,” Medieval Association of the Pacific, San Diego, March 2002 

“The Sexual Practices of Virginity and Chastity in Aldhelm’s De virginitate” (presented at International Medieval Congress 2000, University of Leeds, England, July 2000). 

“The Formal Enactment of Anglo-Saxon Kingship: The Case of Alfred's Laws” (presented at the 33rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 1999). 

“Virginity, Chastity, and Masculinity in Anglo-Saxon England” (presented at the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Assoc. annual conference, June 1998). 

 “What Early Texts Do and Do Not Tell Us About Anglo-Saxon Women” (presented at the 31st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 1997). 

 “The Anglo-Saxon Subject in Beowulf” (presented at the annual meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific, March 1996). 

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