Racism, Medievalism, and Anglo-Saxon

  • Mary Dockray-Miller
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter analyzes three case studies (of Bryn Mawr College, the Industrial Institute and College, and Spelman College) to demonstrate the ways that the study of Anglo-Saxon affirmed a student’s connection with the racial superiority assumed by an overwhelming proportion of the white population throughout the United States at the turn to the twentieth century. Rather than simply a triumphant and progressive history of women’s access to an academic specialty, the narrative of the study of Anglo-Saxon in the women’s colleges interrogates the shifting, intersectional power structures of race, class, and gender that those white, largely upper-middle-class women inhabited.


Bryn Mawr College Mississippi University for Women Spelman College Institutional racism White privilege 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Dockray-Miller
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  1. 1.Lesley UniversityCambridgeUSA

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