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Vernacular Verse Histories in Early Medieval England and Francia
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Catalin Taranu
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-03-09 - Publisher: Routledge

In a provocative take on Germanic heroic poetry, Taranu reads texts like Beowulf, Maldon, and the Waltharius as participating in alternative modes of history-writing that functioned in a larger ecology of narrative forms, including Latinate Christian history and the biblical epic. These modes employed the conceit of their participating in
Barbarians in the Sagas of Icelanders
Language: en
Pages: 206
Authors: William H. Norman
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-07-30 - Publisher: Routledge

This book explores accounts in the Sagas of Icelanders of encounters with foreign peoples, both abroad and in Iceland, who are portrayed according to stereotypes which vary depending on their origins. Notably, inhabitants of the places identified in the sagas as Írland, Skotland and Vínland are portrayed as being less
Polyphony and the Modern
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Jonathan Fruoco
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-05-10 - Publisher: Routledge

Polyphony and the Modern asks one fundamental question: what does it mean to be modern in one’s own time? To answer that question, this volume focuses on polyphony as an index of modernity. In The Principle of Hope, Ernst Bloch showed that each moment in time is potentially fractured: people
The Oral Epic
Language: en
Pages: 282
Authors: Karl Reichl
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-07-27 - Publisher: Routledge

This book focuses on the performance of oral epics and explores the significance of performance features for the interpretation of epic poetry. The leading question of the book is how the socio-cultural context of performance and the various performance elements contribute to the meaning of oral epics. This is a
Writing the Barbarian Past: Studies in Early Medieval Historical Narrative
Language: en
Pages: 332
Authors: Shami Ghosh
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-11-06 - Publisher: Brill

This book provides studies of narratives concerning the distant, ‘barbarian’ past, composed c.550–c.1000, ranging from Latin ‘national’ histories to Latin and vernacular epics and lays, and examines the place of this past in early medieval historical consciousness.