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Shari Horner

Office: DHC 103
(717) 477-1505


Ph.D., English, University of Minnesota (1992)
B.A., English and French, Luther College (1983)

Teaching Interests: 

  • Medieval Literature, especially Anglo-Saxon
  • Women's and Gender studies
  • Saints' lives and religious discourse;
  • British Literature to 1800
  • History of the English Language
  • Linguistics

Undergraduate Courses Taught: 

Current Projects:

Featured Publications: 


The Discourse of Enclosure: Representing Women in Old English Literature (SUNY UP, 2001). Recipient of an ALA/Choice award for Outstanding Academic Title.

Selected Articles:

"Saints' Lives." In The History of British Women's Writing, Vol. I, 700-1500.  Ed. Diane Watt and Liz Herbert McAvoy.  London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.

"Voices From the Margins: Women and Textual Enclosure in Beowulf." In The Postmodern Beowulf.  Ed. Eileen A. Joy and Mary K. Ramsay.  Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2006.

"The Vernacular Language of Rape in Old English Literature and Law: Views from the Anglo-Saxon(ist)s." In Sex and Sexuality in Anglo-Saxon England: Studies in Honor of Daniel Calder.  Ed. Carol Braun Pasternack and Lisa Weston. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies.  Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University Press, 2005. 149-181.

"'Why do you speak so much foolishness?' Gender, Humor, and Discourse in Ælfric's Lives of Saints." Humor in Anglo-Saxon Literature: An Essay Collection. ed. Jonathan Wilcox. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2000. 127-136.

"The Violence of Exegesis: Reading the Bodies of Ælfric's Female Saints." Violence Against Women in Medieval Texts. ed. Anna Roberts. Gainsville: University of Florida Press, 1997. 22-43.

"En/closed Subjects: 'The Wife's Lament' and the Culture of Early Medieval Female Monasticism."  AEstel 2 (1994): 45-61.  Reprinted in Old English Literature: Critical Essays. Ed. R.M. Liuzza.  New Haven: Yale UP, 2002. 381-391.

"Spiritual Truth and Sexual Violence: The Old English "Juliana," Anglo-Saxon Nuns, and the Discourse of Female Monastic Enclosure." Signs 19 (1994): 658-675.

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